Sep 21,2020

More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  Are more women getting IUDs after RBG’s death?.  Fed aims to revamp laws ensuring access to credit for low and moderate income families.  Microsoft to acquire publisher of ‘Doom,’ ‘Elder Scrolls,’ ‘Fallout’ for $7.5 billion.  Anthony Davis buzzer-beater vs. Nuggets shows why he joined Lakers.  ‘What could possibly go wrong?’.  Bryson DeChambeau is here to break golf.  Live updates: CDC acknowledges coronavirus is airborne and often spreads through aerosols.  The Finance 202: Global banks process trillions in dirty money despite suspicions, investigation finds.  Why N95 masks are still in short supply months into covid-19 pandemic.  Why a Russian billionaire wants to buy controversial statues that were taken down.  More than 10,000 pieces of new news a day. News update non-stop 24/7.  California wildfires have burned an area almost the size of Connecticut.  Ellen DeGeneres addresses toxic workplace allegations in season premiere.  US Open Golf Tournament Fast Facts.  Top US Supreme Court Decisions Fast Facts.  Primetime Emmys Fast Facts.  Larry King's son and daughter die within weeks of each other.  Bill English, co-inventor of the computer mouse, dies at 91.  At Amazon's new 'Luxury Stores,' you can't buy anything unless you're invited.  Wildfires have devastated my city. They'll only get worse unless we force businesses to change (opinion).  Some Louisville federal buildings close ahead of expected Breonna Taylor announcement.  
Are more women getting IUDs after RBG’s death?
Maya Francis, a 35-year-old who lives in Virginia, says she doesn’t trust the government to act in the interest of women — especially not in the interest of women of color. She previously had an IUD removed because it wasn’t compatible with her. But since hearing of Ginsburg’s death, she is thinking more about the reproductive freedom an IUD gave her. She’s even considering stocking up on emergency contraception, which can be purchased over-the-counter in pharmacies.
Fed aims to revamp laws ensuring access to credit for low and moderate income families
ADAD“The CRA is a seminal statute that remains as important as ever as the nation confronts challenges associated with racial equity and the covid-19 pandemic,” Fed Gov. “We must ensure that CRA is a strong and effective tool to address ongoing systemic inequities in access to credit and financial services for low- and moderate-income and minority individuals and communities. ”Changes to the CRA laws are considered long overdue among banking experts, especially given the rise of online banking. Starting with Monday’s early proposal, the Fed is looking for feedback on how to strengthen retail lending to low- and moderate- income communities, where banks can get credit for community development activities and how online banks should be assessed. That leaves open questions over how inclusive the Fed’s tool kit is, and how creative its leaders are willing to be.
Microsoft to acquire publisher of ‘Doom,’ ‘Elder Scrolls,’ ‘Fallout’ for $7.5 billion
It has also sought to give Microsoft users access to hundreds of games for a monthly subscription fee, via Game Pass, allowing users to sample games rather than shelling out $60. ADAD“Quality differentiated content is the engine behind the growth and value of Xbox Game Pass — from ‘Minecraft’ to ‘Flight Simulator,'" Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said in the release. “We share a deep belief in the fundamental power of games, in their ability to connect, empower, and bring joy. For example, Arkane Studios’ “Deathloop” and Tango Gameworks’ “Ghostwire: Tokyo,” two games published by Bethesda, are primed as timed exclusives for PS5. The Washington Post has reached out to Microsoft and Bethesda for clarification.
Anthony Davis buzzer-beater vs. Nuggets shows why he joined Lakers
Make no mistake, Davis saved the Lakers, who frittered away a 16-point lead, and bailed out James for his shaky play down the stretch. ADAD“It’s not about making a shot,” said James, who finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. They are in total command, up 2-0 on the Nuggets, who have few defensive answers for either of the Lakers’ superstars. After six straight trips to the draft lottery, Los Angeles will treat James, Davis and Co. like conquering heroes if they return from the bubble with the franchise’s 17th championship. Davis, who followed the same pragmatic path, might very well endure a similar backlash should the Lakers win the title.
‘What could possibly go wrong?’
What could possibly go wrong, you know? I had one message from a lady with asthma who hadn’t been outside in months, and she was terrified of going to vote. I started going to the different pho places outside Orlando, testing out these plastic to-go containers. I started an election academy for voters to see behind the curtain, and now we do some trainings over Zoom. That’s how I vote, and that’s the way the president has voted before in Florida.
Bryson DeChambeau is here to break golf
On Sunday, Bryson DeChambeau, who is the embodiment of just such a dangerous, analytical, self-secure and stubborn man, blew up the golf world’s idea of logic. As a teen, he decided that the golf swing was all wrong: stance, takeaway, every aspect. He adopted the obscure teachings of a 45-year-old book by Homer Kelley: “The Golf Machine: The Curious Quest That Solved Golf.”Everyone laughed. ADDeChambeau, though an all-around star, is not as well-suited to all courses and conditions as he was to Winged Foot. Golf has never seen anything like Bryson DeChambeau — a huge machine who looks like a very large character in a new Toy Story movie.
Live updates: CDC acknowledges coronavirus is airborne and often spreads through aerosols
The Taj Mahal reopened to tourists Monday as India continued to grapple with alarmingly high numbers of new coronavirus infections, with nearly 87,000 cases reported in the past 24 hours alone, according to the country’s Health Ministry. India has the second-highest tally of coronavirus cases worldwide, with more than 5.4 million total infections, and may outpace the United States before long. The Taj Mahal shut its doors in March and did not reopen until Monday, the longest it has ever remained closed, according to the BBC. Tickets are being sold online only, and visitors are required to have their temperatures taken, wear masks and adhere to social distancing protocols. Only about 300 tickets to the world-renowned mausoleum were purchased on Monday, according to Reuters.
The Finance 202: Global banks process trillions in dirty money despite suspicions, investigation finds
The Treasury Department’s financial crimes office collects suspicious activity reports, or SARs, from banks, to share them with international counterparts and law enforcement. “What it does not do is force the banks to shut the money laundering down,” the the investigative team writes. ADBut New York financial services superintendent Linda Lacewell said in a tweet that banks need to shape up and regulators must act, too:Market moversFutures signal a rough open. Using ActBlue, donors earmark money for Democratic candidates and causes they want to support,” Bloomberg News's Bill Allison reports. In August, ActBlue brought in $485.4 million, or about $15.7 million a day.”ADOutside groups plan blitz on Ginsburg's replacement.
Why N95 masks are still in short supply months into covid-19 pandemic
It was purchased by Johns Hopkins Hospital, the famed medical institution that has tracked cases of the novel coronavirus around the world since the pandemic’s start. There are surgical masks, which protect a patient from a nurse’s germs, and respirator masks, which protect a nurse from the patient. This flat-fold, three-panel N95 respirator is a type popular in hospitals, where it is used to protect doctors and nurses from inhaling virus-filled particles. How this story was reported: This story is the result of interviews with three dozen people who wear, make, sell, distribute, buy, regulate and want N95 respirators. Because of covid-19 safety restrictions, The Post was not permitted to enter Johns Hopkins Hospital or 3M’s South Dakota manufacturing plant, and relied on photography provided by those institutions.
Why a Russian billionaire wants to buy controversial statues that were taken down
Filatov owns Art Russe, a London-based foundation that aims to develop a “greater understanding of Soviet and Russian cultural contributions” outside Russia. Though the foundation primarily focuses on Russian art, a BBC report in June on the removal of the Roosevelt and Baranov monuments stirred Filatov to action, and he resolved to save them. Statues often have complex ownership and are subject to convoluted laws prescribing what can be done with them. The Baranov statue, in Sitka, Alaska, was erected in 1989 to commemorate the town’s history as a Russian settlement. (Shortly after Filatov made his offer, Sitka announced the Baranov statue would be moved to a local museum; New York City declined his request to buy the Roosevelt statue.)
California wildfires have burned an area almost the size of Connecticut
(CNN) Since the start of 2020, wildfires in California have burned over 3.2 million acres of land -- an area almost the size of Connecticut. Hide Caption 7 of 89 Photos: Wildfires burning in the West President Donald Trump listens as California Gov. Hide Caption 41 of 89 Photos: Wildfires burning in the West California Gov. Hide Caption 53 of 89 Photos: Wildfires burning in the West Smoke from nearby wildfires hangs over San Francisco on August 21. Hide Caption 68 of 89 Photos: Wildfires burning in the West Flames consume a home in Napa County, California, on August 19.
Ellen DeGeneres addresses toxic workplace allegations in season premiere
(CNN) Ellen DeGeneres returned to the studio for the season premiere of talk show and addressed allegations of a toxic production environment at the daytime series in her opening monologue. I take that every seriously and I want to say I am so sorry to the people that were affected. I know that I am in a position of privilege and power and with that comes responsibility and I take responsibility for what happens at my show," DeGeneres said. She added that she is now "taking responsibility for what happens at my show." — Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) September 21, 2020The show's distributor, Warner Bros. Television, is owned by CNN's parent company, WarnerMedia.
US Open Golf Tournament Fast Facts
(CNN) Here's a look at the US Open Golf Tournament. AboutThe US Open is a 72-hole golf championship and one of the four Grand Slam golf tournaments. Biggest comeback, final round - came back from 7 strokes off the lead in the final round to win the US Open in 1960. Arnold Palmer came back from 7 strokes off the lead in the final round to win the US Open in 1960. US Open HistoryOctober 4, 1895 - The first US Open Championship takes place on the nine-hole course at Newport Golf and Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island.
Top US Supreme Court Decisions Fast Facts
The Court decided against Marbury 6-0. The Court decided against Scott 7-2. The Court decided against Plessy 7-1. The Court decided in favor of Brown unanimously. The Court decided in favor of Gideon unanimously.
Primetime Emmys Fast Facts
(CNN) Here's a look at the Primetime Emmy Awards , which recognize television programs and performers. The 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony takes place with Jimmy Kimmel as host. The awards are presented virtually due to the coronavirus pandemicSeptember 22, 2019 - The 71st annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony takes place. 2020 Winners (in selected categories):Outstanding comedy series:"Schitt's Creek"Outstanding lead actor - comedy series:Eugene Levy, "Schitt's Creek"Outstanding lead actress - comedy series:Catherine O'Hara, "Schitt's Creek"Outstanding supporting actor - comedy series:Dan Levy, "Schitt's Creek"Outstanding supporting actress - comedy series:Annie Murphy, "Schitt's Creek"Outstanding drama series:"Succession"Outstanding lead actor - drama series:Jeremy Strong, "Succession"Outstanding lead actress - drama series:Zendaya, "Euphoria"Outstanding supporting actor - drama series:Billy Crudup, "The Morning Show"Outstanding supporting actress - drama series:Julia Garner, "Ozark"Complete list of 2020 winners. 2019 Winners (in selected categories) :Outstanding comedy series:"Fleabag"Outstanding lead actor - comedy series:Bill Hader, "Barry"Outstanding lead actress - comedy series:Phoebe Waller-Bridge, "Fleabag"Outstanding supporting actor - comedy series:Tony Shalhoub, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"Outstanding supporting actress - comedy series:Alex Borstein, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"Outstanding drama series:"Game of Thrones"Outstanding lead actor - drama series:Billy Porter, "Pose"Outstanding lead actress - drama series:Jodie Comer, "Killing Eve"Outstanding supporting actor - drama series:Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones"Outstanding supporting actress - drama series:Julia Garner, "Ozark"Complete list of 2019 winners.
Larry King's son and daughter die within weeks of each other
(CNN) Longtime talk show host Larry King said Saturday that two of his children have died within roughly three weeks of each other. His son Andy King, 65, unexpectedly passed away of a heart attack in late July, while his daughter Chaia King, 52, died earlier this week "only a short time after having been diagnosed with lung cancer," King wrote on Facebook. "Both of them were good and kind souls and they will be greatly missed," he wrote. "My family and I thank you for your outpouring of kind sentiments and well wishes. King and Chaia co-authored a children's book titled "Daddy Day, Daughter Day" in 1997, recounting their experiences with the divorce.
Bill English, co-inventor of the computer mouse, dies at 91
(CNN) William "Bill" English, the engineer who helped create the first computer mouse, died July 26 in California. With the mouse, English — alongside his partner, Douglas Engelbart, who died in 2013 — helped revolutionize modern computing, at a time when most computers were slow, impersonal metal behemoths. a device that could move a cursor across a computer interface, but it was up to English to design and build what he would later dub "the mouse" in a According to the New York Times , the two men met in the late 1950s at the Stanford Research Institute, after English had completed a stint in the US Navy. Also introduced at the demonstration were precursors to the hyperlink , the computer window, and the video call. A few years later, the Times reported, English left Stanford to work at Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center, where he polished the mouse's design and paved the way for its use in personal computers from Apple and Microsoft.
At Amazon's new 'Luxury Stores,' you can't buy anything unless you're invited
New York (CNN) Amazon is launching high-end fashion luxury stores -- but if you want to buy anything, chances are you'll need to get in line. Amazon AMZN The "Luxury Stores" program launched Tuesday as a "store within a store" experience currently available to only selectPrime members in the US . For customers, Luxury Stores will offer Amazon Prime members features like a "View in 360 feature" on the Amazon app. And for the company partners, Luxury Stores will allow established and burgeoning high-end fashion brands "to independently make decisions regarding their inventory, selection and pricing." While Oscar de la Renta is a recognizable name in the fashion world, Amazon will also be partnering with "emerging luxury fashion and beauty brands," according to a press release.
Wildfires have devastated my city. They'll only get worse unless we force businesses to change (opinion)
Unless we reduce carbon emissions, the wildfires will only get worse . In today's polarized world, it's easy to become cynical and think reducing carbon emissions will never happen. The climate risks to the economy are often divided into physical risk and transition risk. Public and private sectors must work togetherFinancial regulators must work with the private sector to address climate risk in financial markets. We can continue on our current path of ignoring the economic cost of climate risk and find ourselves facing potentially catastrophic economic and ecological losses.
Some Louisville federal buildings close ahead of expected Breonna Taylor announcement
(CNN) Some federal buildings in downtown Louisville, Kentucky will be closed this week in a move believed to coincide with an expected announcement by Attorney General Daniel Cameron and his office's investigation into the killing of Breonna Taylor . All scheduled in-court appearances will be continued or converted to videoconference proceedings at the discretion of the presiding judge, the order says. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services field office in Louisville will also be closed during that period "due to a court order." Cameron has not publicly commented on a timeline into his office's investigation into Taylor's death. The mayor's office referred comment to Coleman, whose spokesman would not confirm or deny any details on the order.
Al Sharpton Fast Facts
1969 - Is named youth director for Is named youth director for Operation Breadbasket , a campaign to improve economic conditions in black neighborhoods, by Jesse Jackson. 1972 - Is named youth director of Is named youth director of Shirley Chisholm's presidential campaign. Michael Riccardi is convicted of the crime and Sharpton speaks at Riccardi's sentencing hearing, asking for leniency. March 15, 2004 - Drops out of the 2004 presidential race and endorses Drops out of the 2004 presidential race and endorses John KerryMay 13, 2004 - Is ordered by the Federal Election Commission to repay $100,000 in public matching funds he received for his 2004 presidential bid. August 25, 2014 - Sharpton speaks at the Sharpton speaks at the funeral of Ferguson, Missouri, teenager Michael Brown .
Father of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates dies at 94
(CNN Business) The father of Microsoft (MSFT) co-founder Bill Gates died Monday, according to his son. William Henry Gates II was 94 years old. "We have all had a long time to reflect on just how lucky we are to have had this amazing man in our lives for so many years," Bill Gates wrote on his official blogThe elder Gates was an Army veteran and a founding partner in a Seattle law firm, according his official biography. Bill Gates said his father was critical in starting the charitable organization that has been Gates' central focus since he stepped away from running Microsoft. "The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation would not be what it is today without my dad," Gates said.
Let Russ cook: Wilson's MVP-like start, more from Week 2
Nothing wrong with that, but it’s not the kind of conditioning NFL players are used to. MNF turns 50Sept. 21, 2020: New Orleans at Las Vegas, the 799th “Monday Night Football” game ever, on ESPN. First NFL game ever in Nevada, the debut game in glittery new Allegiant Stadium. Sept. 21, 1970: New York Jets at Cleveland, the first “Monday Night Football” game ever, on ABC. They have not played a Sunday or Monday night game since a December Monday night loss to the Chargers in 2011.
Italians approve constitutional change to downsize parliament: exit polls
Such a result could serve as a life raft for the struggling 5Star Movement | Vincenzo Pinto/AFP via Getty Images Italians approve constitutional change to downsize parliament: exit polls The result could serve as a life raft for the struggling 5Star Movement, which campaigned hard for the amendment. ROME — Exit polls suggest Italians have voted decisively to slash the number of lawmakers in their parliament. In a referendum on Sunday and Monday, Italians were asked to vote on a constitutional amendment that reduces the number of parliamentarians from 945 to 600. In the southern region of Campania, pollsters found that between 72 and 76 percent said they had voted for the cutbacks. Opinion polls suggested that Italians overall supported the amendment, but turnout was uncertain given the ongoing pandemic.
Nebraska Man Charged in Protester’s Death Dies by Suicide
— A white business owner charged with manslaughter for fatally shooting a Black man during protests in Nebraska has died by suicide days after his indictment, his attorney said Sunday. Jacob Gardner, of Omaha, Nebraska, was found dead Sunday outside a medical clinic in Hillsboro, Oregon, the Hillsboro Police Department said in a news release. “Unfortunately there are two men who have died in a terrible tragedy,” Dornan said. “It’s a terrible tragedy for the Omaha community, it’s a terrible tragedy for James Scurlock and his family. After intense criticism, a grand jury was called to examine the case, resulting in charges being filed against Gardner.
Navalny says nerve agent was found in and on his body
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny | Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP via Getty Images Navalny says nerve agent was found in and on his body Clothes should be returned as evidence, Russian opposition leader says. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Russia should return the clothes he was wearing on the day he fell into a coma as evidence that he was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok. Two independent laboratories, one in Sweden and one in France, as well as a lab run by Germany's armed forces, have confirmed that traces of the nerve agent were found "in and on" his body, Navalny wrote in a blog post published Monday. As the nerve agent was found on his body, his clothes "are a very important thing," he wrote. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg condemned the attack on Navalny in a speech at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Brussels on Monday.
Tikhanovskaya urges EU to be ‘brave’ but still no deal on Belarus sanctions
Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya | John Thys/AFP via Getty Images Tikhanovskaya urges EU to be ‘brave’ but still no deal on Belarus sanctions Opposition leader’s call not enough to break deadlock as Cyprus insists on linkage with Turkey dispute. Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya urged the EU to "be more brave" and impose sanctions on top officials in her country but the bloc's foreign ministers failed to find consensus due to resistance from Cyprus. "Of course sanctions are very important in our fight, because sanctions is part of [the] pressure that will force so-called authorities to start dialogue with us," Tikhanovskaya said. "I have asked to be more brave" on sanctions, Tikhanovskaya said, speaking at the diplomatic mission of Lithuania, one of the most outspoken supporters of the Belarusian opposition among EU members, along with Poland. Tikhanovskaya called on the EU not to recognize Lukashenko as president of Belarus — a step already taken by the bloc's top diplomat, Josep Borrell.
Hacking the classroom
Hacking the classroom Presented by ComcastEditor’s Note: Welcome to Weekly Education: Coronavirus special edition. I was an undergraduate at MIT, and there were people who were hacking grading systems for classes, too. But parents report low awareness and involvement in their school’s data privacy plan or the way schools collect information about their child. — Their K-12 Cybersecurity Learning Standards Initiative aims to create benchmarks states can easily adopt and to expand a future pool of eligible workers in the field. Syllabus— How an epic series of tech errors hobbled Miami’s schools: Wired— Is online learning worse than being in school?
Tyler Perry's Emmys Story About His Grandmother's Quilt Will Melt You
Tyler Perry reached into his past at Sunday’s Emmy Awards to drive home a lesson about the importance of inclusion. But his sentiments toward the quilt changed dramatically when he spotted a similar quilt in the window of an antique store years later. The shopkeeper told him that the quilt had been made by a former slave, and that each of the patches told a different part of her life story. “Here I was, a person who prides myself on celebrating our heritage, our culture, and I didn’t even recognize the value in my grandmother’s quilt. “That is our business — this quilt that is our lives, this quilt that is America.”
House leaders pushing Dec. 11 funding date for stopgap measure
Republicans had originally pushed for a Dec. 18 end date for the stopgap, while Democrats wanted to extend government funding until Feb. 26 — a more advantageous end date if they take control of both chambers this fall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said that she has no intention of allowing the government to shut down when asked if she would use the negotiations over spending as leverage in the Supreme Court fight. Lawmakers appeared to be pulling together a deal on Friday, until major snags with trade relief for farmers blew up negotiations. “We have serious concerns about giving President Trump a blank check to spread political favors,” a Democratic aide said on Friday. Democrats had also failed to secure $3.6 billion in election security grants.
Trump Hails Robert E. Lee In Minnesota, State That Lost Thousands To Confederate Troops
The state senator’s great-grandfather fought for the Union against treasonous Confederate troops before moving to Minnesota, where he settled down using land grants offered to Civil War veterans. But a historical museum does display a Confederate flag that state troops captured from the enemy. By war’s end, close to 24,000 Minnesota soldiers had served. An outnumbered unit of about 262 Minnesotans charged at close to 1,200 Confederate troops at Gettysburg in the summer of 1863. “It’s essentially suicidal to do that, and still Minnesota troops did that,” Randal Dietrich, director of the Minnesota Military Museum, told The Star Tribune.
Coronavirus Live Updates: UK Could See 50,000 Cases A Day Within Weeks
Read the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic below. UK To Face 50,000 COVID-19 Cases A Day Within Weeks, Top Scientist Says — 9/21/20 7 a.m. Task Force Member: A Few Million Early Doses Of Vaccine Could Make ‘Enormous Impact’ — 9/20/20, 3:30 p.m. “That would make an enormous impact on mortality, if we could vaccinate our teachers and those with preexisting conditions or those surrounding those people. ... A vaccine as early as possible, even in a few million doses, will be a godsend in terms of outcomes, hospitalizations, morbidity and deaths.”
Meghan Markle's Lawyers Deny She Cooperated With Royal Book Authors
Meghan, 39, is seeking damages from publisher Associated Newspapers Ltd. for alleged misuse of private information, copyright infringement and data protection breaches. It argues that Meghan must have known the letter to her father would likely become public. At a hearing Monday at the High Court in London, the publisher sought to amend its defense in light of a book about Meghan and Harry that was published last month. “The claimant and her husband did not collaborate with the authors on the book, nor were they interviewed for it, nor did they provide photographs to the authors for the book,” Meghan’s lawyer Justin Sherbrooke said in a written submission. The judge also struck out allegations that the publisher deliberately stirred up issues between Meghan and her father and that it had an agenda in publishing intrusive articles about her.
Trump claims vaccine coming ‘within a matter of weeks,’ contradicting health officials
Last Wednesday, Trump publicly rebuked CDC Director Robert Redfield after Redfield told congressional lawmakers that while a vaccine could become available by November or December, it would likely not be “generally available to the American public” until the late second quarter or early third quarter of next year. “We’re ready to go immediately as the vaccine is announced, and it could be announced in October,” Trump told reporters. But Trump himself then said at another news briefing last Friday that the vaccine would not be widely available to the whole American public until April. Not just a good job.”The president went on to grade himself on his management of the historic health crisis, which has resulted in nearly 200,000 American deaths. “On public relations, I give myself a D. On the job itself, we take an A-plus,” he said.
Release WikiLeaks' Julian Assange, say current and former world leaders
LONDON — More than 160 current and former world leaders, lawmakers and diplomats have endorsed a call for the U.K. to free WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and stop his extradition to the U.S. A protester stands opposite London's Old Bailey court on Monday as the Julian Assange extradition hearing to the U.S. continued. Assange has been in a British prison since his ejection from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in April 2019. His supporters say the leaked documents exposed U.S. military wrongdoing, and argue he was acting as a journalist. The extradition hearing, which first began in February but was postponed in April because of the pandemic, is due to last until early October.
Wall Street plunges on fears of more global lockdowns, Dow falls 850 points
Stocks fell sharply on Monday as fears about the worsening coronavirus as well as uncertainty on further fiscal stimulus rattled traders. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 850 points, or just over 3 percent. The major stock averages were all coming off their third consecutive losing week, the market’s longest weekly slide since 2019. Shares of Nikola automotive company dropped 20 percent after the company said founder Trevor Milton is stepping down as executive chairman and board member. Shares of GM, which recently took an 11 percent stake in Nikola, fell 5.6 percent Monday.
Justice Dept. deems New York City, Portland and Seattle 'anarchist jurisdictions'
On Monday, the Justice Department labeled New York City, Portland and Seattle such areas, though the department said it was still working to identify other jurisdictions that meet criteria outlined in Trump's memo. Democratic mayors and governors earlier this month bashed Trump over his latest effort aimed at what he calls "Democrat-run" cities and states. "It is another attempt to kill New York City," New York Gov. Jay Inslee called Trump's efforts "the latest baseless, petty and divisive move by President Trump to distract from his abject failure to protect Americans from COVID-19." At the time, a White House official said the effort was aimed at withholding grant money from such jurisdictions it deemed to be "anarchist."
Lindsey Graham tries, fails to justify breaking his word
With six weeks remaining before the 2020 presidential election, Senate Republicans are brazenly abandoning their purported principles, expressing indifference to their disinterest in honor and integrity. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), for example, wrote an op-ed in 2016, defending deeply-held beliefs that he's conveniently thrown in the trash. But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is an ignominious league of his own. When Democrats noted how insane that was, GOP senators, including Lindsey Graham, effectively dared the majority to do something about it. This was achieved through a maneuver known as the “nuclear option” -- a strategy Republican senators themselves crafted and proposed a decade earlier.
Toxic algae to blame for over 300 elephant deaths, Botswana officials say
GABORONE — The deaths of hundreds of elephants in Botswana this year which had baffled and alarmed conservationists were caused by toxins from algae, officials said on Monday. Laboratory test results suggest toxins produced by cyanobacteria — also called blue-green algae — in water are to blame, officials announced. The department’s principal veterinary officer Mmadi Reuben told the same conference that there were, however, still many unanswered questions. These are bacteria found in water,” Reuben said. Africa’s overall elephant population is declining due to poaching but Botswana, home to almost a third of the continent’s elephants, has seen numbers grow to around 130,000.
Biden has Ohio back in play. But voters in once-Democratic strongholds keep faith in Trump.
WARREN, Ohio — Howard Walters, 56, acknowledges that his economic fortunes haven't improved much since he voted for Donald Trump four years ago. According the latest RealClearPolitics polling average, Biden holds a narrow lead over Trump in Ohio, 46.7 percent to 44.3 percent. Four years later, in one of the largest flips in any county in any battleground state, Trump won it by 6. He's always enjoyed strong union support, and he's getting that in 2020," said Beck, the Ohio State professor emeritus. Jennifer Poling, 38, a hairdresser in Warren, Ohio, voted for Barack Obama before flipping to Donald Trump in 2016.
The Upshot on Today’s Polls
The good part for Mr. Biden is simple: On Thursday, he led in every poll of North Carolina, Florida and Arizona — five polls in all. The polls have been pretty split in Arizona, with some showing a close race and others showing a commanding Biden lead. From that perspective, today’s polls in Arizona weren’t necessarily great news for Mr. Biden. And the polls haven’t been all been great for Mr. Biden there, either. Many pollsters didn’t weight by education in 2016, and it’s one of the major reasons the state polls were biased toward Hillary Clinton.
Stocks Tumble as Surge in Virus Cases Imperils Recovery: Live Updates
ET Stocks Tumble as Surge in Virus Cases Imperils Recovery: Live Updates RIGHT NOW Pandemic-sensitive stocks lead markets lower. If it doesn’t satisfy Mr. Trump’s concerns, new downloads of TikTok could essentially be banned in the United States. Under the initial terms, ByteDance still controls 80 percent of TikTok Global, two people with knowledge of the situation have said, though details may change. In the United States, the daily count is climbing again as universities and schools reopen. Electric vehicles are not yet as popular in the United States, largely because government incentives are less generous.
The Best and Worst Moments of the 2020 Emmys
With the pandemic making packed red carpets and large, glitzy gatherings impossible, almost no one knew what the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony would look like going into Sunday night’s telecast. Turns out it reflected what much of life has looked like for the past six months or so: People sequestered in their homes, interacting awkwardly over glitchy broadband connections. Along the way, there were awards show hallmarks, like a monologue from a tuxedoed host (albeit in a mostly empty arena), some stilted banter, bits that fell flat and a few moments of genuine poignancy. But in general, the 2020 Emmys, like most of us, did the best it could under extraordinarily challenging circumstances. Here are some of the night’s defining themes, shows and moments.
Justice Dept. targets Portland, New York and Seattle over protests
“We cannot allow federal tax dollars to be wasted,” Attorney General William P. Barr said in a statement. A federal appeals court ruled that the move violated the separation of powers spelled out in the Constitution. ADThe three cities the Justice Department identified are the same ones listed in the president’s original memorandum. The Justice Department may also add cities to the list based on “any other related factors the Attorney General deems appropriate,” the department said in its announcement. ADThe naming of the three cities marks the latest effort by the administration to force cities to take a tougher stance against unruly protests.
Botswana reveals the cause of a mass elephant die-off after months-long wait
Botswana has the world’s largest population of elephants, around 130,000 in total. Their growing numbers have been lauded by conservationists and Botswana has become a mecca for tourists seeking to witness and photograph wildlife. Popular sentiment in parts of the country has turned against elephants, however, as many blame them for destroying cropland. Zimbabwe and Botswana have seen growing elephant populations while numbers are on the decline in almost all other African countries. The spate of deaths ended in late June, coinciding with the drying up of pools of water where cyanobacteria contamination would have taken place.
Changing the venue in the case of four former police officers charged in the George Floyd killing would set a terrible precedent - The Washington Post
Assuring criminal defendants a trial by an impartial jury is imperative; indeed, it is guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and its Minnesota counterpart. Pretrial publicity may be so pervasive and negative that a change of venue is in order. But granting that request in the Floyd case would be wrong — and would set a dangerous precedent. The defendants claim “an impartial jury cannot be seated for the trial” in Minneapolis because of the saturated media coverage and ensuing protests. Hennepin County is the most diverse county in the state, and it would be nearly impossible to seat an all-White jury in Minneapolis.
Live updates: CDC acknowledges coronavirus is airborne and often spreads through aerosols
Limits on large gatherings will remain in place for Auckland, the center of the outbreak that prompted a return to some lockdown restrictions last month. Currently, gatherings of more than 10 people are banned, but on Wednesday the maximum size will grow to 100, Ardern said. New Zealand ended its original nationwide lockdown in June, and lifted all restrictions while keeping an ongoing border closure in place. The country went more than 100 days with no instances of community transmission until the Auckland outbreak was detected. “Our actions collectively have managed to get the virus under control,” Ardern told reporters on Monday, according to Reuters.
Opinion | Biden blows up the notion RBG’s seat helps the right
“I’m not speaking to President Trump, who will do whatever he wants. President Trump has already made it clear this is about power. That’s why I appeal to those few Senate Republicans — the handful who will really decide what happens. Don’t vote to confirm anyone nominated under the circumstances President Trump and Senator McConnell have created. “Only after consulting Democrats and Republicans in the United States Senate — and seeking their advice and asking for the consent,” Biden said.
Opinion | Ted Cruz accidentally shows Democrats the way forward
On the other hand, according to Senate Republicans, Democrats are also the model for the latest Supreme Court fight. Supreme Court judges should be subject to term limits, so that the balance of this crucial institution is not subject to the whims of the Grim Reaper. It’s just that a bigger Supreme Court is not the panacea that some think. As Matt Karp points out at Jacobin, the politicization of the Supreme Court is hardly unprecedented. However infallible justices style themselves, the Supreme Court has shied away from unpopular decisions in the past.
Opinion | Joe Biden should choose the next Supreme Court justice. Now.
Biden needs to make his own selection to the court, as if he were already elected. In the coming days, Trump will nominate another conservative judge, this time a woman, aimed squarely at the hearts of these straying voters. ADAs for whom Biden should nominate, I’ll leave that to the experts around him. No matter whom Biden might choose to reassure persuadable voters, they’ll argue, he risks infuriating the reliably ideological constituencies he needs on Election Day. Biden needs to fill in the blank here, or gleeful Republicans are going to fill it in for him.
President Trump calls injured Compton deputies, one of whom had to write out her responses
(CNN) President Donald Trump made phone calls to the deputies injured in a Compton, California, shooting, and though one of them remains in the hospital and couldn't speak, she wrote out her answers for the nation's commander in chief. The call was detailed in a Saturday afternoon Facebook post from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department Transit Service Bureau. It shows the 31-year-old, who was shot in the face, in bed with a writing pad in her lap. The sergeant relayed her answers to Trump during the call, the post said. The injured deputy, whose face was blurred by authorities, writes answers to President Donald Trump.
Lady Gaga thought about suicide every day and 'hated being famous'
(CNN) Lady Gaga is continuing to be open about her mental health struggle. "I hated being famous. She considered suicide every day, she said. "I didn't really understand why I should live other than to be there for my family," Lady Gaga said. "That was an actual real thought and feeling: Why should I stick around?"
Stocks tumble on worries about Washington gridlock and coronavirus
New York (CNN Business) In a painful start to the week for the Dow and the broader market, stocks tumbled at the opening bell in New York as investors worry when Washington will agree another stimulus bill. Rising Covid-19 infections around the world as the colder seasons of the year are beginning are also weighing on the market. Dow INDU S&P 500 SPX Nasdaq Composite COMP Theopened down 500 points, or 1.7%. All three indexes have posted three-straight weeks of losses . European stock markets don't look better Monday, selling off as virus numbers are on the rise.
GE is getting out of the coal power business
New York (CNN Business) General Electric is one of the world's largest makers of coal-fired power plants. Just five years ago, the company doubled down on coal by acquiring Alstom's power business, which makes coal-fueled turbines. Since then, GE has laid off thousands of power workers, slashed its dividend to a penny , fired two CEOs and sharply written down the value of its power business. "With the continued transformation of GE, we are focused on power generation businesses that have attractive economics and a growth trajectory," GE Power CEO Russell Stokes said in a statement. The company will continue to service existing coal power plants as well as build turbines for nuclear power plants.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Card Sells for $1.812M; Breaks LeBron James Record
Mark J. Terrill/Associated PressA rare and coveted Giannis Antetokounmpo autographed patch rookie card sold for a record-breaking $1.812 million at auction Sunday night, according to The Action Network's Darren Rovell. In addition to being a 1/1 card, Beckett graded the card a 9 and the autograph a 10. Making the card even more valuable is the fact that the patch is the NBA logo from Giannis' Milwaukee Bucks jersey during his rookie season. The Giannis card is the latest example of the surging card market, as LeBron James and Mike Trout cards have sold for well over $1 million in recent months. In July, a 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite rookie auto patch card of James numbered to 23 with a 9.5 grade and a 10-graded autograph sold for $1.8 million.
Injury-Plagued Week 2 Shakes Up the NFL: Who Is Impacted the Most?
3 of 7Jason Behnken/Associated PressKey injuries on Sunday: RB Christian McCaffrey (ankle)This is notable simply because it's an injury to a big-time player, but the Carolina Panthers are hoping it's a small-time injury for McCaffrey, who left the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after hurting his ankle. Considering all the changes the Panthers underwent in the offseason, and considering their position in a tough division within the stronger of the two conferences, this might be a rebuilding year for Carolina anyway. But with Teddy Bridgewater, DJ Moore and McCaffrey forming an intriguing trio on offense, there was some hope they could remain competitive with an expanded playoff field in place for 2020. Backup Mike Davis carried the ball once for a grand total of one yard Sunday, and the 27-year-old has a career yards-per-attempt average of just 3.6. Everyone connected to that organization, and practically everyone who picked first overall in fantasy this summer, will look a lot like this as they await the results of Run CMC's MRI on Monday.
The Fed Is Ducking Its Responsibilities To Main Street
Like other Fed rescue programs, the idea was for the fund to provide loans on generous terms ? only to governments, instead of corporations. There was a problem processing your signup; please try again later TwitterFacebookInstagramFlipboardState and local governments employ about 16 million people nationwide. But when it comes to supporting another critical sector of the economy ? state and local government ? the Fed’s generosity disappears. Congress created the Fed and delineates its powers, and Congress decided in March that the Fed needed to help state and local governments. Yes, saddling local governments with debt could force more painful decisions later ? but not necessarily.
The last mile for TikTok-Oracle
The last mile for TikTok-Oracle Presented by EricssonWith help from John HendelEditor’s Note: Morning Tech is a free version of POLITICO Pro Technology's morning newsletter, which is delivered to our subscribers each morning at 6 a.m. The POLITICO Pro platform combines the news you need with tools you can use to take action on the day’s biggest stories. Write [email protected], or follow along @Ali_Lev and @alexandra.levine. There will be no changes to the policy newsletters available to POLITICO Pro subscribers. Send them along via email to our team: Bob King ([email protected], @bkingdc), Heidi Vogt ([email protected], @HeidiVogt), Nancy Scola ([email protected], @nancyscola), Steven Overly ([email protected], @stevenoverly), John Hendel ([email protected], @JohnHendel), Cristiano Lima ([email protected], @viaCristiano), Alexandra S. Levine ([email protected], @Ali_Lev), and Leah Nylen ([email protected], @leah_nylen).
WeChat, TikTok bans averted
WeChat, TikTok bans averted Presented by Semiconductor Industry AssociationWith help from Ximena BustilloEditor’s Note: Weekly Trade is a weekly version of POLITICO Pro’s daily Trade policy newsletter, Morning Trade. A message from Semiconductor Industry Association: Want to strengthen America’s economy, national security, and supply chains? | Mark Schiefelbein/AP PhotoUIGHUR FORCED LABOR BILLS HEADED TO THE FLOOR: In the latest congressional move to ramp up the pressure in China, the House Rules Committee will vote today to send two Uighur-related forced labor bills to the floor for approval: H.R. What the bills do: The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act was introduced in the House earlier this year by Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass. — Ex-UK cyber chief warns of a Chinese data grab, from POLITICO.
Virtual U.N. General Assembly, Real Problems
Virtual U.N. General Assembly, Real Problems Presented byThis week, Global Translations is zeroing in on the first world gathering since the pandemic blew up — the United Nations General Assembly a.k.a. Not your grandfather’s General Assembly: Even the snarkiest online trolling of presidents and dictators will be a far cry from the genuine tension of a live, in-person General Assembly. At the 1960 General Assembly, alone, 14 new member nations were admitted and there was a sense that the U.N. as a forum and organization mattered. The annually rotating president of the General Assembly is effectively a non-entity. “The United Nations has occasionally fallen short.”Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, outgoing President of the General Assembly, who conceded Middle East peace and the Rwandan genocide were particular shortcomings.
Navalny says nerve agent was found 'in and on' his body
Navalny was kept in an induced coma for more than a week while being treated with an antidote. Navalny has since posted several photos of himself in the hospital, saying he is recovering his verbal, mental and physical abilities. In a statement Monday, Navalny blasted Russian authorities for not launching a criminal probe into what happened to him. “There is no criminal case in Russia, there is a ‘preliminary inquiry regarding the fact of hospitalization.' Other European labs have backed Germany's stance that Navalny was poisoned with independent tests of their own.
James Stout Tour de France 2020 featured one Black cyclist, Kévin Reza — and a disturbing silence on race
When the Tour de France finished Sunday, there was just one Black rider, Kévin Reza of France. The tour started with 176 riders this year, with Reza of the French team B&B Hotels-Vital Concept presented by KTM as the only Black rider. Meanwhile, there are just five Black riders on the 743-rider World Tour, the highest tier of professional road cycling. During the final stage of the Tour, Reza was joined by several other riders who wrote anti-racist slogans on their masks. "It was because I'm black," Williams told the biking magazine CyclingTips in February.
As US death toll tops 200,000, Trump moves the goalposts (again)
As regular readers may recall, it was on April 20 -- five months ago yesterday -- when Donald Trump said he believed the overall American death toll from the pandemic would be between 50,000 and 60,000 people. Exactly one week later, on April 27, Trump said the overall American death toll would "probably" be between 60,000 and 70,000 people. On April 29, the president suggested the number of fatalities in the United States could be as low as 65,000. A few days later, the Republican said fatalities could reach 110,000 -- a total the United States eclipsed over the summer. In June, Trump decided it was time to move the goalposts much further, declaring his belief that the domestic death toll "could be heading" to 200,000, "depending on how it goes."
Three questions loom for Senate Republicans as court fight begins
So it’s doubtful that a Supreme Court fight will alter this contest. And the Republican-led Senate is about to go full speed ahead … on a Supreme Court fight? Do you support the Supreme Court striking down the Affordable Care Act and its protections for pre-existing conditions? Biden, the DNC and his fundraising committees raised $364.5 million, while Republicans raised $210 million through the Trump campaign, the RNC and its committees. Nancy Pelosi isn’t ruling out a new impeachment vote to try to delay the Supreme Court proceedings.
RBG's passing puts future of US health care system in jeopardy
Last month, the Supreme Court announced it would consider the latest Republican effort to destroy the Affordable Care Act, with oral arguments scheduled the week after Election Day. In general, health care advocates have been largely unconcerned, in large part because the case is patently foolish. But given the politicized nature of the federal bench, it seems more likely that Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh will vote to destroy the nation's health care system. That said, let's not forget a relevant detail: as Donald Trump weighs his possible nominees, there's little doubt he'll be looking for a justice who'll tear down his own country's existing health care system. The health security for tens of millions of Americans was already in jeopardy.
Pentagon rewrites pandemic plans
Pentagon rewrites pandemic plans Presented by Northrop GrummanWith Connor O’Brien, Jacqueline Feldscher and Daniel LippmanEditor’s Note: Morning Defense is a free version of POLITICO Pro Defense's morning newsletter, which is delivered to our subscribers each morning at 6 a.m. Quick Fix— SCOOP: The Pentagon is revising its pandemic war plan after a review found shortcomings in its Covid-19 response. HAPPY MONDAY AND WELCOME TO MORNING DEFENSE, where we're always on the lookout for tips, pitches and feedback. What the Pentagon is asking: "How could DoD own and operate 5G networks for its domestic operations?" Making MovesJoseph Nogueira, previously deputy director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation at the Pentagon, is now acting director at CAPE.
Map: Track the Beta storm system as it approaches the Gulf Coast
Tropical Storm Beta is bringing the rain to Texas. The latest in a series of storm systems to hit the Gulf Coast, Beta is forecast to make landfall late Monday. It will bring with it the potential for flooding, as well as storm surges at high tide along some of the Texas and Louisiana coasts, according to the National Hurricane Center. Follow the storm’s path on the map below. It will be updated as the storm’s forecast changes.
Nebraska bar owner charged in killing of Black man during George Floyd protests dies by suicide
The white Omaha bar owner charged in the May killing of a Black protester died by suicide Sunday, his lawyers said. Gardner, who died outside Portland, Oregon, was facing charges of manslaughter, attempted first-degree assault, making terroristic threats and weapons use in the killing of James Spurlock. James Scurlock, 22, was shot on May 30 while protesting the police killing of George Floyd. Gardner fired his gun again, fatally striking Scurlock in the clavicle outside the bar he owned. The confrontation began when Gardner's father pushed some of the protesters when asking them to leave the bar, Kleine said.
Trevor Milton, founder and public face of Nikola, steps down amid accusations of fraud
Trevor Milton, founder and executive chairman of Nikola, has resigned amid allegations he misled investors about the prospects of the automotive company, which is developing a line-up of hydrogen- and battery-powered trucks. After leaving GM, Girsky led a so-called blank-check company, VectorIQ, which merged with Nikola and helped take it public in June of this year. Since the Hindenburg report was released, however, the shares have fallen by nearly one-third. As part of the deal with GM, Nikola would effectively abandon development of its own battery and hydrogen drive systems, with GM supplying tthe technology. All told, Milton said at the time, the alliance would save Nikola billions, while GM would gain an 11 percent stake.
Supreme Court battle after Ginsburg's death could fracture Trump's coalition
Namely, there's potential for Roe v. Wade and the Affordable Care Act to drive a wedge in Trump's coalition. Not surprisingly, 74 percent of Clinton's voters at least leaned pro-abortion rights, while only 15 percent leaned anti-abortion and 11 percent held mixed views. But only 65 percent of Trump's voters at least leaned anti-abortion, while a substantial 22 percent at least leaned pro-abortion rights and 13 percent held mixed views. The populist attack that, according to polls, should scare Republicans the most probably goes something like this: "In 2016, Trump promised to drain the swamp. But they've long despised McConnell, "establishment" Republicans and the religious right — and a Supreme Court fight gives Democrats an opportunity to rip Trump's coalition open.
Trump expects to announce Supreme Court pick this week
While appearing on Fox and Friends, President Trump announced that there will be a new Supreme Court nominee by the end of the week, and says he is down to four or five finalists, NBC's Peter Alexander reports.
2020 Election Live Updates: Trump Says He Won’t Name His Supreme Court Pick Until the End of the Week
RIGHT NOW Trump says he will wait until Friday or Saturday to announce his Supreme Court pick. Trump says he will wait until Friday or Saturday to announce his Supreme Court pick. Mr. Trump said he was currently considering five people but did not name them. A makeshift memorial for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court on Sunday. Don’t vote to confirm anyone nominated under the circumstances President Trump and Senator McConnell have created.
Dwayne Haskins is still playing catch-up as Kyler Murray soars
Those developments directly affect Murray and Haskins and the regimes with which they work. ADWhich brings us to Haskins, in his second season, a lesser quarterback in decidedly lesser circumstances — not of his own making. Five plays later, Murray was shaking and baking his way to a 21-yard touchdown run that essentially put the game away. But it’s hard to think that, even as progress is made, there won’t be a week-to-week referendum on Haskins as the franchise quarterback. Because you can’t help but look around — at Mahomes and Jackson, at Murray and Burrow, at the veteran star quarterbacks who persist.
Tofu sales skyrocket during the pandemic, as consumers search for affordable meat alternatives
Nielsen data shows tofu sales 40 percent higher in the first half of 2020 as compared to last year, while Pulmuone Brands — owner of Nasoya, the nation’s No. “In the past, if we’d had 2 percent growth in sales from one year to the next, we’d be high-fiving each other. Consumers also may have been snatching up tofu in response to meat supply disruptions, possibly swayed by a nationwide campaign by PETA that proclaimed, “Tofu never caused a pandemic. Either way, Google searches for tofu recipes have doubled since March — and is it any wonder that New Yorkers appear to have been frantic to find General Tso’s tofu recipes in the early spring when their favorite restaurants were shut down? Minh Tsai, CEO of Hodo Foods, which turns some 10 million pounds of soybeans into tofu products each year, sees cost as a factor that has helped drive tofu sales.
The Energy 202: An extra Trump Supreme Court justice may help cement his environmental rollbacks
But Scott Pruitt, at the time Oklahoma's attorney general, challenged the rule, and the Supreme Court stayed its implementation. The case could very well end up in the Supreme Court. The next Supreme Court justice very well may be a deciding vote in several other high-profile environmental cases. With Ginsburg’s death, the Supreme Court loses a reliable vote in favor of stronger environmental protections. Murphy, a Democrat, said the bill would put New Jersey at the forefront of the environmental justice movement.
Britain could face 50,000 coronavirus cases per day by mid-October, top government scientists warn
you would end up with something like 50,000 cases in the middle of October, per day,” said Vallance. A month later, this could result in more than 200 deaths a day, he said. The ominous warning comes amid speculation that the British government is set to introduce fresh nationwide restrictions this week as the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise sharply. ADADThe reports of new measures, along with growing concern over outbreaks elsewhere in Europe, helped to send stocks tumbling on Monday. Britain’s coronavirus caseload began rising again in July, the government scientists said, especially among young adults.
Live updates: CDC acknowledges coronavirus often spreads through aerosols
This time around, the event raising eyebrows is Bikefest, which typically draws upward of 100,000 bikers to the Ozarks region. Local and state officials largely did not require masks or social distancing for the rally or put any capacity limits on bars and restaurants. As the St. Louis Post-Dispatch noted, Bikefest attendees could enter a lottery for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle by collecting “passport stamps” showing that they’d visited 24 restaurants and bars. “These events tend to draw many people into crowded spaces,” Steve Edwards, chief executive of local health-care system CoxHealth, told the paper. “It’s especially worrisome if participants gather indoors at bars and restaurants, which have proven to be high-risk areas.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life, in her own words
Ruth Bader Ginsburg's life, in her own wordsIn this compilation of interviews, speeches and poignant moments in her life, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflects on her journey and career.
The fitness industry is trying to lure gym members back — but experts say it’s using flawed data
But research experts and doctors who have looked at the study say major flaws in its methodology probably skewed data in favor of gym safety. “We just really, really wanted to help the industry with real data,” said McHaney, who is also a longtime gym owner and a member of IHRSA. So when MXM approached the association with the idea for its study, IHRSA helped get the word out to gyms. McHaney said he estimated that at least 90 percent of the gyms that reported data are members of IHRSA. “We never intended to say this is a perfect research study,” he said.
Election live updates: Trump says ‘plenty of time’ for Senate to confirm court nominee before election
He said there is “plenty of time” for the Senate to confirm his pick before the election. During a phone-in interview on Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Trump said he is still considering five candidates, all women. Asked whether he would like to see the Senate confirm his nominee before the election, Trump said he thinks there is ample time to do so. Since 1975, it has taken an average of 71 days for a president’s Supreme Court nominee to be confirmed on the Senate floor. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) — who have said that action on a Ginsburg successor should wait until after the election.
PWBM Analysis of the Biden Platform — Penn Wharton Budget Model
Table 2 presents estimated effective tax rates under the Biden tax plan, under current law, and under the tax code pre-TCJA. (3) Values represent effective tax burdens under the pre-TCJA (2017), current law, or Biden plan tax codes if each were implemented in 2021 and 2026. (2) Values represent effective tax burdens under the pre-TCJA (2017), current law, or Biden plan tax codes if each were implemented in 2021 and 2026. As with the Biden tax plan, our previous analysis is updated here to account for the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In the PWBM dynamic model, however, households with significant personal savings will reduce their saving in anticipation of higher benefits under the Biden plan.
Opinion: Biden may seem like centrist, but his platform is progressive
Lanhee J. Chen is the David and Diane Steffy Fellow in American Public Policy Studies at the Hoover Institution and Director of Domestic Policy Studies in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University. The reality of Biden's policy proposals stands in sharp contrast to a campaign that has positioned him as a centrist Democrat. His platform reflects the triumph of the progressive left and would mark a substantial increase in the size and scope of the federal government. At a macro level, Biden's proposals would significantly worsen America's fiscal condition. The specifics of Biden's proposals demonstrate just how far to the left he is.
George McGovern Proposed a Universal Basic Income. It Didn’t Go Well for Him.
Proposing to give every American a basic income hurt George McGovern in 1972. Republicans mocked McGovern’s universal basic income proposal unmercifully. And in the policy world, a full-fledged universal basic income is discussed regularly as a feasible strategy for addressing poverty. Last year, Finland launched a pilot version of basic income; this spring, the government decided not to extend the program beyond this year, signalling doubt. Last year, Stanford launched a Basic Income Lab to pursue, as it were, basic research.
Trump approves TikTok deal. But big questions remain
TikTok has roughly 100 million users in the United States, and Trump claims the app gives Beijing access to the personal data of Americans. ByteDance said Sunday that it was unaware that an education fund would be tied to the TikTok deal. "Some news media reported that TikTok will set up a $5 billion education fund in the United States," ByteDance said in a statement. Trump positioned himself as the kingmaker of any TikTok deal, making clear that he must agree to the terms before anything is made official. Some experts think the Oracle deal could be helped along because of Trump's ties to cofounder Larry Ellison, a supporter of the president.
Exclusive: Kushner-backed real estate startup is going on offense after hunkering down in March
New York (CNN Business) The pandemic delivered a serious scare to Ryan Williams and his technology real estate startup, Cadre. Now, Cadre, which uses machine learning and predictive analytics to assess real estate, is back on the prowl. And you need to plunk down at least $50,000 to invest in Cadre, spread out over 15 different real estate properties. Then again, it wasn't all that hard to find winning real estate investments during the Great Recession given that the whole market was depressed. "This is the exact right time to be investing, selectively, in commercial real estate," Williams said.
Airbus wants to build zero-emission planes by 2035. Here's how
London (CNN Business) Airbus has unveiled its plans for bringing the world's first zero-emission commercial aircraft into service by 2035. The three ZEROe concepts unveiled by Airbus include a turbofan, a turboprop and blended-wing body design. Airus ZEROe turboprop design. Airbus ZEROe blended-wing body design. Government support will also be needed, including increased funding for research and technology, as well as mechanisms that encourage the use of sustainable aviation fuels and prompt airlines to replace less environmentally friendly planes earlier.
Christina Anstead splits with husband of less than 2 years
(CNN) Fresh on the heels of Christina Anstead returning to work with her ex-husband, she's announced that she and her current husband have split. Anstead shared the news on her verified Instagram account over the weekend that she and Ant Anstead, host of the car series "Wheeler Dealers," have decided to separate. Their hit HGTV series will return with 15 new episodes starting October 15, it was recently announced. "Tarek and I have a common goal to create beautiful houses for families," Anstead said in a statement. The Ansteads home life was featured in her solo series, "Christina on the Coast," which recently wrapped up its second season.
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President Trump and Joe Biden both want to repeal Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, a law described as "the 26 words that created the internet." Here's why.
Emmys made history with Black actor wins
(CNN) Sunday night's Emmy Awards were pretty diverse before they even happened -- and then history was made. A record number of Black actors snagged acting trophies for the 72nd Primetime Emmys, with seven taking home statues. That broke the record of six set two years ago. The winners included Regina King who won outstanding lead actress in a limited series or television movie for her role "Watchmen;" her co-star Yahya Abdul-Mateen II whose outstanding supporting actor in a limited series or movie marked his first Emmy win; Uzo Aduba who won outstanding supporting actress in a limited series or movie; and Zendaya also accepted the statue for best actress in a drama series. On Saturday Maya Rudolph, Eddie Murphy and Ron Cephas Jones took home guest starring acting Emmys.
Pamela Hutchinson of R&B group The Emotions dead at 61
(CNN) Pamela Hutchinson, famed R&B singer with family group "The Emotions," has died at the age of 61, according to a post on the band's official Facebook page Sunday. "Pam succumbed to health challenges that she'd been battling for several years," the post read. Hutchinson died on Friday, the post said, while asking fans and friends to respect the family's privacy. "We appreciate all kind words, photos, and videos you may want to post for our beloved Pamela and of course your loving prayers," it read. We love you, Pamela!"
Ride along in the latest Ferrari convertible
A good Ferrari can be one of Italy's finest works of art. CNN Business' Peter Valdes-Dapena got to take the latest $300,000 Ferrari F8 Spider for a test drive.
Ellen DeGeneres launches her new season amid controversy
When “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” returns Monday for a new season, its host says she's personally committed to making positive changes after a summer of allegations about the show being a toxic workplace. NBC’s Kathy Park reports for TODAY.
GOP ‘willing to break the Supreme Court’ to replace Ginsburg, analyst says
NBC Capitol Hill correspondent Kasie Hunt tells TODAY that Republicans intend to “give it their all” to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat quickly, though not necessarily before the election. NBC news legal analyst Neal Katyal says, “It is crazy that just because Republicans are afraid they can’t win the presidential election, that they’re willing to break the Supreme Court in the process.”
Emmy highlights: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweep, mini ‘Friends’ reunion, more
Due to the pandemic, the Primetime Emmy Awards were held virtually for the first time ever. But there were still many memorable moments, including a sweep for comedy “Schitt’s Creek” and a mini “Friends” reunion. NBC’s Joe Fryer reports for TODAY.
Australia: UK threat to break international law won’t impact trade negotiations
Australian High Commissioner to the U.K. George Brandis | Michael Masters/Getty Images Australia: UK threat to break international law won’t impact trade negotiations UK-Australia trade talks resumed Monday. LONDON — Australia has no reservations about whether the U.K. will honor its international trade deals as the two countries embark on the second round of trade talks Monday. “Australia regards the United Kingdom as a most trustworthy partner,” Australian High Commissioner to the U.K. George Brandis told POLITICO. “Does this impinge upon or have consequences for our [free-trade agreement] negotiations?” Brandis asked of the bill. “Both countries are engaged in good-faith negotiation.” That trust informs Australia’s approach to the negotiations, Brandis insisted.
Charles Barkley Interrupts NBA Analysis To Mock Falcons' 'Choke Job'
So, when he raised his hand like an over-eager schoolkid on Sunday’s “Inside the NBA,” viewers probably suspected he was going off-topic. He roasted the Atlanta Falcons for blowing a 20-point lead against the Dallas Cowboys earlier in the day. He also mentioned how he lost money on the Falcons when they squandered a 25-point lead in the 2017 Super Bowl. “But they outdid themselves today,” Barkley said. “That was the biggest choke job, what the Atlanta Falcons did today ... that was a CHOKE JOB!”
'It's down to five': Trump says he'll probably name SCOTUS pick Friday or Saturday as shortlist narrows
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday that he will probably announce his Supreme Court nominee to fill the vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday or Saturday. He also said he wants the Senate to hold a confirmation vote for the nominee before the Nov. 3 election. The president said there are “actually five I’m looking at — it’s down to five,” he said about his potential picks. He declined to name them, though he said one of them is 38 years old, which he said could mean the person could be a Supreme Court justice for 50 years. “We're looking for somebody who's brilliant, really understands the law and abides by the Constitution, and a good person, we're looking for a good person.”
China's ByteDance says TikTok will be its subsidiary under deal with Trump
ByteDance in its statement on Monday said it was a “rumor” that U.S. investors would be TikTok Global’s majority owners and that ByteDance would lose control over TikTok. One of the sources said the deal with Oracle and Walmart values TikTok Global at more than $50 billion. TikTok also confirmed plans for an initial public offering of TikTok Global. The current plan for TikTok Global does not involve any transfer of algorithms or technologies, and Oracle will be able to inspect TikTok U.S.’s source code, ByteDance said. ByteDance owning the majority of TikTok Global and the algorithms means that ByteDance is “not out of the game” and has avoided the worst-case scenario, China’s state-run newspaper Global Times said in an editorial published on Sunday.
Barbara Lagoa, Cuban-American federal judge, is potential Trump Supreme Court pick
Barbara Lagoa, the Cuban-American federal appellate judge under consideration by President Donald Trump for the U.S. Supreme Court, is a conservative jurist whose resume includes a role in a heated international custody battle and the distinction of being the first Hispanic woman to serve on Florida’s top court. Lagoa has less than a year of experience as a federal judge, having joined the Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last December after being appointed by Trump and confirmed by the Senate in a 80-15 bipartisan vote. The 11th Circuit is one of the regional appeals courts that are one step below the Supreme Court. In her interview for the Florida Supreme Court, Lagoa described herself as a “legal nerd.”“I am a tough questioner and I ask pointed questions, but I always do so respectfully,” Lagoa said.
Some in GOP balk at Supreme Court scheme, but will they be enough?
Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) spoke with Rachel on Friday night's show, and he framed the fight over the Supreme Court vacancy in an important way. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Sunday became the second GOP senator to publicly oppose voting on a Supreme Court nominee before the November election. "For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election," Murkowski said in a statement. If four Senate Republicans break ranks on the GOP confirmation scheme, it will almost certainly derail the process and leave it up to the winner of the presidential election to fill the current Supreme Court vacancy. The Tennessee Republican nevertheless endorsed his party's scheme late yesterday.
'You’re So Skinny' Is Not a Compliment, So Please Stop Commenting On My Weight
These sentiments are problematic and further propagate fatphobic ideologies — that skinny is always good and fat is always bad. With the birth of my daughter came the birth of my struggles with anxiety, along with a significant weight drop. I’ve been told that I’m as “small as my daughter.” I’ve had a friend look at me and tell me I need to eat a cheeseburger. Complimenting someone’s weight loss or smaller body size is toxic and, ultimately, fatphobic. Stop telling me I’m “so skinny” ? I promise you I know, and I don’t consider it a compliment.
Trump says Supreme Court nomination could come Friday or Saturday
President Donald Trump said on Monday that he would move quickly to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, saying an announcement on a nominee would come Friday or Saturday. In an interview on "Fox & Friends," Trump also said he was looking at four or five potential nominees. He has previously said he would choose a woman to replace Ginsburg. AdvertisementThe timeline, however, appears to be fluid. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said earlier Monday morning that it was "very likely" Trump would name his choice to replace Ginsburg as soon as Tuesday.
Efforts afoot to save South’s disappearing grasslands
Along with the native plants, grassland loving animals have returned, including ground-nesting birds and rabbits. Across much of the South, at least 90 percent of the native grasslands have been lost, the initiative estimates. Tracking down remnants to preserve native grasslands sometimes requires as much detective work as botanical knowledge. There are also old land surveys with boundaries marked by rock piles where no large trees were available as landmarks. Like many Southern grasslands, it was lost before it could be recorded.
'She worked so hard': Remembering the life of RBG
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and Andrea Mitchell join a discussion on the life and legacy of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa are the two leading contenders for Ginsburg’s seat
Amy Coney Barrett and Barbara Lagoa are the two leading contenders for Ginsburg’s seatPlus, the U.S. will imminently reach 200,000 fatalities from the coronavirus, and the TikTok tussle shows the uneven economic “decoupling” that’s accelerating between us and China.
How ‘Schitt’s Creek’ became the most beloved comedy on TV
But “Schitt’s Creek” became a sleeper hit a few years later after landing on Netflix, where fans found joy in binge-watching the show’s early seasons. And while the show didn’t take home any awards at last year’s ceremony, “Schitt’s Creek” fans rejoiced at the show’s long-awaited recognition. On Sunday, on the heels of its sixth and final season, “Schitt’s Creek” pulled off another stunning feat: winning all seven comedy categories — including outstanding comedy series — at this year’s Emmy Awards. And as Eugene noted during his acceptance speech, the show truly is a family affair: his daughter, Sarah, also appears on the show — as friendly Schitt’s Creek waitress, Twyla Sands. It’s delightfulThe Netflix exposure certainly didn’t hurt, but perhaps more than anything else, “Schitt’s Creek” triumphed because it was simply a joy to watch.
Emmys 2020: 14 things to know, from Zendaya’s historic win to a record-breaking ‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweep
Jimmy Kimmel’s monologue and a brief fireKimmel set the tone for the “Pandemmys” right up front: This is all super weird. “No seriously, I’m asking: Why would you have an award show in the middle of a pandemic? “I know this feels like a really weird time to be celebrating,” the actress said while clinging onto her statue. In addition to outstanding drama series, creator Jesse Armstrong accepted the award for writing; lead actor Jeremy Strong triumphed over on-screen dad Brian Cox; and Andrij Parekh accepted the Emmy for directing. Aniston appeared on-screen in a robe and was soon joined by her “roommates,” former “Friends” co-stars Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg became a meme on the left while the right cemented its agenda
Ginsburg’s status as a pop-culture icon was solidified in 2018 with the release of two feature films celebrating her life and career. And really, who could be immune to the poetic justice of Ginsburg’s replacement being named by the first female president? But as largely liberal audiences were attending largely liberal movies in order for their largely liberal views to be largely endorsed, conservatives were playing another game entirely. The right has watched with alarm over the past generation as such liberal values as feminism, gay rights, anti-racism and cultural pluralism became normalized on screen. There’s nothing at stake, really, unless you count the survival of civic cohesion, institutional integrity and an enduring, functioning democracy.
NFL injuries pile up, Cowboys pull off miracle comeback
Jimmy Garoppolo’s ankle twisted as the 49ers quarterback was sacked. They are two of the best players in the NFL, probably gone for the season. It is a great success that the overwhelming majority of NFL players have remained healthy during the week. This may not be the greatest collection of quarterbacks the NFL has ever seen, but it is likely the most interesting. Last year, General Manager Steve Keim said this offseason, injuries and subpar personnel didn’t give defensive coordinator Vance Joseph a chance.
HSBC shares fall to 25-year low as fears for China business grow
Hong Kong (CNN Business) HSBC's shares plunged to historic lows on Monday as the bank was hit by new fears about its business in China and a report accusing it and other major lenders of failing to stop criminals from moving dirty money around the world. The pain continued in London, where the bank's shares were last trading down 6% at another multi-decade low. Instead, the message was meant to show that "China is sending a stern warning," according to the publication. "If they can't do business in China, it's going to be a tremendous hit to both top and bottom lines," he told CNN Business. In December 2012, HSBC agreed with US regulators to pay $1.9 billion to resolve money-laundering allegations.
Liverpool continues defense of Premier League title with perfect start; Cristiano Ronaldo helps Andrea Pirlo to first win
(CNN) Less than a month after last season's Champions League final, all of Europe's top five leagues have now begun their new campaigns. Liverpool looked shaky in its first game back since winning the English Premier League title last season, scraping past newly-promoted Leeds on the opening weekend, but was in much better form against Chelsea on Sunday as Sadio Mane's second-half brace wrapped up the points. In truth, Jurgen Klopp's side was handed the victory on a plate after Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen was shown a red card for hauling Mane to the ground, before yet another error from under fire goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga gifted the Senegal international his second. Liverpool still looked vulnerable even against 10 men and had goalkeeper Alisson to thank for keeping the score at 2-0, after the Brazilian saved Jorginho's penalty in the second half. There was also a debut for Liverpool new boy Thiago Alcantara, signed from Champions League winner Bayern Munich last week, who was introduced at half-time to replace Jordan Henderson.
Regina King and Uzo Aduba wear shirts honoring Breonna Taylor during the Emmys
(CNN) Actresses Regina King and Uzo Aduba both wore shirts in tribute to Breonna Taylor during their respective acceptance speeches at the Emmy Awards on Sunday. King, who won the award for outstanding lead actress in a limited series or movie for her role in "Watchmen," wore a shirt featuring Taylor's face. Aduba, who won outstanding supporting actress in a limited series for her role in "Mrs. America," wore a shirt emblazoned with Taylor's name. The actresses join a list of celebrities and athletes who have continued to bring attention to Taylor's case. The 26-year-old was gunned down by police in her home during a botched "no-knock" raid in Louisville, Kentucky, in March.
Why President Trump is targeting the 1619 Project (Opinion)
In establishing the 1776 Commission, the President vowed to, "Encourage our educators to teach our children about the miracle of American History" and promised, "Our heroes will never be forgotten. The New York Times' 1619 Project attempted to bring some of these approaches to their pieces about the effects of slavery in American history. For instance, they contend that the 1619 Project downplayed the impact of the anti-slavery movement on the founders and skewed the ideals that drove the resolution. Nonetheless, even these critics agree that slavery and race relations belong at the center of our American history. As Wilentz and others said in their letter criticizing the 1619 Project, "We applaud all efforts to address the foundational centrality of slavery and racism to our history."
The Projector in Chief
It emerges most clearly and unwittingly in his tweets about the Mueller investigation into his campaign’s ties to the Kremlin. The Mueller investigation is the “greatest witch hunt in political history”. It also means that behind his fury about the Mueller investigation, it’s his knowledge of his own guilt that is actually keeping him up tweeting at night. It is in the context of besmirching such an investigation that projection emerges as the natural defense mechanism for Trump. That may be what Trump is trying to do, both to control the impact of the Mueller investigation and to keep distressing truths about himself at bay.
GOP push to fill RBG's seat could backfire spectacularly (Opinion)
(CNN) Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death has pulled the High Court once again into the whirlwind of drama of a presidential campaign. Despite the fact that voting has already begun in several states the GOP appears to be moving full steam ahead. Only one Supreme Court vacancy has ever been filled this close to a presidential election -- and that was in 1864. This would also be the first Supreme Court appointment by a president after they had been impeached. Prior to Ginsburg's death, polling showed that voters preferred Biden choose the next Supreme Court Justice.
Obamacare could be doomed if Trump fills another Court seat (Opinion)
He is on the Advisory Board of Supreme Court Voter . (CNN) The prospect of a third Supreme Court pick for President Donald Trump looms large following the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. This could lead to a second set of appeals--taking the case back up to a Supreme Court that would presumably have been made whole by that point. His Supreme Court shortlist released recently is a startling reminder that he's dead serious about doing that. Join us on Twitter and FacebookUnfortunately, ending the ACA would be far from the only way Trump's Supreme Court shortlisters could destroy American healthcare.
The UK's doubling coronavirus cases mean Boris Johnson can't wake up from his Covid-19 nightmare
London (CNN) The number of coronavirus cases in the UK is doubling roughly every seven days, according to the country's chief scientific advisor, Patrick Vallance. If that rate continues to grow unabated, "by mid-October you would end up with something like 50,000 per day," which "could lead to 200 deaths a day" by November, Vallance warned at a Monday press briefing. "If we don't act, the virus will take off," Vallance's colleague Chris Whitty, the UK's chief medical officer, told the same briefing in Downing Street. "That is the path we are on and if we do not change course, we will find ourselves in a difficult problem." Prime Minister Boris Johnson is expected to make a statement to the country later this week.
The incredible tale of a man who formed an unlikely bond with an octopus
(CNN) — Craig Foster was diving, bare-chested, in bitterly cold waters off the southern-most tip of Africa when he saw her -- an octopus hiding under a cloak of shells and stones. In the new Netflix documentary "My Octopus Teacher" this tender moment moves you in a way you never thought an octopus tentacle wrapped around a human hand could. Filmed in 2010, "My Octopus Teacher" chronicles the year Craig Foster spent cultivating a unique bond with an extraordinary creature. Craig Foster/Sea Change ProjectThe most powerful moment for Foster was when she allowed him to follow her on a hunt. But nothing has compared to his "once-in-a-lifetime" bond with the octopus, he says.
Nebra sky disc: Its age could be off by a millennium, recent study says
(CNN) The Nebra sky disc, one of Germany's most heralded prehistoric artifacts, is often considered the world's oldest depiction of the cosmos. In fact, the Nebra sky disc's sordid history reads like a Dan Brown novel, involving looters, court hearings, conflict between archaeologists and even allegations of revenge. The sky disc was reportedly unearthed in 1999 near the town of Nebra, Germany, by looters who sold it to black-market dealers. Today, it's exhibited in the State Museum of Prehistory in Halle. Now, the saga continues as a new analysis has suggested the Nebra sky disc could be about 1,000 years younger than previously thought.
E! host Giuliana Rancic says she was absent from Emmy Awards because of positive Covid-19 test
host Giuliana Rancic said she was absent from Sunday night's Emmy Awards red carpet coverage because she tested positive for Covid-19. In a video posted on Instagram Sunday night, the host said that she learned of the positive test as she was preparing to travel to cover the awards show. Her husband and son also tested positive, she said. red carpet, I have to say I do not take missing an award show lightly," Rancic said in the video message. and NBCUniversal's very strict testing guidelines, especially before an event like this, I did find out that I tested positive for Covid-19."
Low internet access is driving inequality (opinion)
This article was originally published in the International Monetary Fund's blog. Mercedes García-Escribano is a deputy division chief at the International Monetary Fund's Fiscal Affairs Department. As this map shows , the digital divide -- the gap between those who have Internet access and those who don't -- is more like a chasm, both within and between countries. Still, Internet usage remains a luxury: Half of the world's population does not have access to the Internet, either through a mobile device or through fixed line broadband. Advanced economies like the United States, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and Canada have the highest access rates.
Six months into the pandemic, the US economic outlook is getting gloomier
In the latest week, the Back-to-Normal Index fell slightly. "Six months in, we're still a long, long way from getting back to normal." An economy operating that far below "normal" translates into hardship for millions of Americans and businesses. In Maine — which ranks number one on the Back-to-Normal Index home prices are up more than 7% from a year ago, according to Zillow. Likewise, Moody's Analytics expects that without a fiscal rescue package, including more support for small businesses and the unemployed, the Back-to-Normal Index will start backsliding.
Fears of another Covid-19 wave send stocks tumbling
You can sign up right hereLondon (CNN Business) Concerns that a second wave of coronavirus infections could rock the nascent economic recovery are sending stocks sharply lower. Should cases continue to rapidly climb, government officials could be forced to adopt a wave of new restrictions. So far, countries like the United Kingdom have largely relied on targeted measures to try to keep the economic recovery on track. In a note to clients Friday, Deutsche Bank economist Sanjay Raja warned that new rules will have an economic impact. "Investors are becoming increasingly worried about the momentum in the economic recovery given the resurgent numbers of global Covid-19 cases," said Hussein Sayed, chief market strategist at FXTM.
The simple thing Trump doesn't get about the stock market
New York (CNN Business) America's booming stock market is a flawed yardstick for measuring Main Street's recovery from the pandemic. "Look, we're having a tremendous thing in the stock market, and that's good for everybody, but people that aren't rich own stock and they have 401(k)'s." Trump argued the sharp rebound in the stock market doesn't only help "big people." At times, the stock market can feel completely disconnected from the fundamentals of the real economy. That's why the next president is unlikely to tie him or herself to the whims of the stock market to the degree that Trump has.
Baltimore educators are tracking down students to fight low virtual attendance
(CNN) Every week, community school site specialist Evan Murray calls Baltimore students at his school who are not logging on for classes. "If someone is saying, 'Hey Mr. Murray, I can't get in touch with this student,' then I'm like, 'Just give me the number and I'll call them,'" he told CNN. "And I call people all the time and parents know, you know, I'll call you at 7 in the morning. Attendance can be a challenge for public school as it is. Murray said he is making a practice of tracking down students to make sure they sign on and don't fall behind.
Thousands attend BikeFest at Lake of the Ozarks, raising coronavirus fears
After the U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 over the weekend, there are new fears about a resurgence highlighted by a potential super-spreader event in Missouri. Meanwhile, President Trump repeated his promise that a vaccine is coming soon. NBC’s Sam Brock reports for TODAY.
TikTok teams up with Walmart: What it means for you
With a deadline looming to shut down TikTok’s U.S. operations over national security concerns, a deal has been given the green light that would see the popular app partner with Oracle and Walmart. NBC's Tom Costello reports for TODAY.
Tropical Storm Beta to strike the South from Texas to Louisiana
Watches and warnings are posted for the Texas and Louisiana coastlines Monday morning as the region braces for flooding rain from Tropical Storm Beta. NBC's Morgan Chesky reports from Surfside Beach, Texas, and TODAY’s Al Roker talks about where the storm is headed as well as the wildfires out West.
Almost 40 Chinese warplanes breach Taiwan Strait median line
"What we are seeing now is not just a situation across the Taiwan Strait, but a regional situation. Taiwan Defense Ministry photo shows an Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force H-6 bomber intercepted by Taiwanese fighters on Friday. "Taiwan is an inalienable part of Chinese territory, and there is no so-called median line," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said. Keith Krach, a US undersecretary of state, attends a funeral ceremony of former Taiwan President Lee Teng-hui in Taipei on September 19, 2020. The US military has been making its presence known too, sending warships through the Taiwan Strait with increasing frequency.
UK could see 50K coronavirus cases a day by mid-October, warn top advisers
Customers at a restaurant in Soho, London, on September 20, 2020 | Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP via Getty Images UK could see 50K coronavirus cases a day by mid-October, warn top advisers Chief scientific adviser says data suggests about 6,000 people per day are getting the infection. The U.K. has “in a bad sense literally turned a corner” with a sharp rise in coronavirus infections, the country's top doctor warned Monday. Chief Medical Adviser Chris Whitty said that the increase in coronavirus cases could put the country on an exponential curve of deaths, with the winter season posing an additional risk if the numbers aren’t brought under control. Vallance said data suggest that about 6,000 people per day are getting the infection. Whether the increase in cases will lead to further restrictions is unclear, however.
Ocasio-Cortez Joins Schumer Rallying Voters Against Quickie Supreme Court Pick
In an unusual new partnership, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) joined forces Sunday night with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) to mobilize voters against the Republican plan to ram through their pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ocasio-Cortez and Schumer called on voters to pressure their senators to demand they hold fast against a rushed confirmation of a new justice. “It’s extraordinarily important that we understand the stakes of this vacancy,” Ocasio-Cortez warned. “We all need to be more courageous and ... make sure that our rights are stabilized,” said Ocasio-Cortez. We need to make sure that this vacancy is protected, that our election continues and that the American people have their say.”
The Coronavirus Is Creating A Mental Health Crisis For Health Care Workers
The mental health effects of the pandemic on health care workers can already be measured. Yet the same survey found that just 13% of doctors have sought mental health care during the pandemic. Nearly 1,200 health care workers in the United States have died because of COVID-19, according to a tally from Kaiser Health News and The Guardian. What’s more, admitting to or seeking mental health care is deeply stigmatized in medicine. The emergency doctors group also supports bipartisan Senate legislation that would study health care workers’ mental health and create assistance programs.
Number 2 in Emmanuel Macron’s party steps down
Pierre Person, right, with French President Emmanuel Macron, left, in the Elysée in 2017 | Pool photo by Ludovic Marin/EPA Number 2 in Emmanuel Macron’s party steps down Pierre Person quits, saying La République en Marche ‘no longer produces new ideas.’Pierre Person, deputy secretary-general of Emmanuel Macron's La République en Marche, is stepping down because of disagreements over the direction of the party, he said Monday. In an interview with Le Monde, Person said the party was stuck with its "2017 logic, which was to carry out the presidential project. He was one of Macron's political advisers during the presidential campaign and was elected as a member of parliament in 2017. Although Macron made a Cabinet reshuffle in July, Person said that "in the party, nothing has changed." Person said he was quitting not because of a disagreement with LREM's secretary-general, Stanislas Guerini, but "to create an electroshock" and force the party to reinvent itself.
9 Expensive Skin Care Products That Are Worth The Splurge
La Mer Crème de la Mer MoisturizerLa MerLa Mer is legendary for its luxury skin care that comes with an extreme price tag attached, but if you ask Heygorjess founder Jessica Franklin , who’s been using the product since the age of 14, she says the price is more than justified. “My aunt used to buy the huge $1,000 tubs of it and I always wondered why anyone would spend that much on a face cream. But she swore by it and I believed her because she was 60 at the time and looked great with barely any wrinkles,” she said. Once Franklin was able to afford her own bottle in her 20s, she didn’t hesitate to splurge. “Even though it’s very rich and creamy, it still works with my acne-prone skin as well,” she said of the thick moisturizer that lasts about three months.
Let Russ cook: Wilson's MVP-like start, more from Week 2
Nothing wrong with that, but it’s not the kind of conditioning NFL players are used to. MNF turns 50Sept. 21, 2020: New Orleans at Las Vegas, the 799th “Monday Night Football” game ever, on ESPN. First NFL game ever in Nevada, the debut game in glittery new Allegiant Stadium. Sept. 21, 1970: New York Jets at Cleveland, the first “Monday Night Football” game ever, on ABC. They have not played a Sunday or Monday night game since a December Monday night loss to the Chargers in 2011.
How Not To Be A Jerk During Your Kid's Remote Learning
Aleksandra Nigmatulina via Getty Images Parents are trying hard to help their children through remote learning. But there are concrete ways parents can help improve the remote learning experience for their child — and, crucially, for their child’s classmates and teachers. Here are five simple ways to avoid being a jerk during your kid’s remote learning this fall. With remote learning, of course, it is all going down at your kitchen table or in your living room. Imgorthand via Getty Images Hovering can hurt remote learning, not help it.
Sudan to discuss removal from terror list as U.S. pushes closer Israel ties
KHARTOUM — Sudanese officials will discuss the removal of their country from a U.S. list of state sponsors of terror with U.S. officials during a visit to the United Arab Emirates this week, the ruling council said on Sunday. In August, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo raised the issue of Sudan establishing ties with Israel during a visit. Ties with Israel are a sensitive issue in Sudan, which was among the hardline Muslim foes of Israel under Bashir. Inflation hit almost 170 percent last month, the currency has been in freefall and the government has declared an economic state of emergency. He afterwards cast doubt on any rapid normalization of relations, though Israeli aircraft soon began overflying Sudan.
On Supreme Court, Trump claims a popular mandate he didn't earn
It's not often that iconic figures from American public life issue dying wishes, but as Ruth Bader Ginsburg's health started failing, the U.S. Supreme Court justice thought it was necessary to make her wishes known. To the surprise of no one, Donald Trump made clear the day after the justice's passing that he intends to ignore Ginsburg's dying wish. This site is protected by recaptcha"We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices," Trump tweeted Saturday. Regardless, some may be persuaded by the pitch's superficial appeal: Americans, who voted in the last presidential election when there was a pending high court vacancy, elected Trump, knowing he'd have the authority to choose Supreme Court justices. To suggest the Republican has a popular mandate to move the Supreme Court even further to the right is demonstrably ridiculous: if Americans wanted Trump to remake the high court, they would have voted for him.
Groups urge Latinos, especially youth, to sign up to be bilingual poll workers
The coronavirus has upended how elections officials recruit poll workers, who are typically older and thus more susceptible to becoming seriously ill from COVID-19. The email came in at 7:54 p.m., desperately seeking 100 poll workers because of an expected shortage. Power the Polls, a nonprofit that’s partnering with groups across the country, launched in July with a goal of recruiting 250,000 poll workers. During the August primary, nearly 25% of the county's 1,289 poll workers were bilingual; in the 2016 general, about 20% were. When early voting starts Oct. 13, three bilingual election workers will staff each of the county's 122 voting locations.
Is there no winning hand for Republicans in SCOTUS fight?
The Morning Joe panel discusses the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the political fight that's begun to fill her seat before the election.
Sen. Graham flip-flops on filling SCOTUS vacancy
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, appears to have changed course on comments he made in 2016 about the nomination of a Supreme Court justice in any president’s final year of their term as he now supports filling the seat vacated after the passing of Justice Ginsburg.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Life, and the Battle for Her Seat
In the first of two episodes on the life of Justice Ginsburg, we chart her journey from her formative years to her late-life stardom on the Supreme Court. In the second episode, we consider the ramifications of her death and the struggle over how, and when, to replace her on the bench. The stakes are high: If President Trump is able to name another member of the Supreme Court, he would be the first president since Ronald Reagan to appoint three justices, tipping the institution in a much more conservative direction.
Surrendered Court Seats
If you want to understand why conservatives have come to dominate the court in the early 21st century, it’s worth keeping in mind this history. In the simplest terms, conservatives have largely solved their 20th-century problem: Republican presidents now nominate only deeply conservative justices. President Trump and a Republican-controlled Senate now have the opportunity to place a sixth conservative member on the nine-member court. The bungled Supreme Court transitions by liberals obviously aren’t the only reason that conservatives control the court. Yet the flipping of seats from one ideology to another has been crucial.
Kentucky GOP lawmaker indicted for allegedly threatening to ‘hog tie’ a woman with Ethernet cable
Earlier this year, a woman said Goforth, 44, strangled her with an Ethernet cable to the point where she had trouble breathing and threatened to “hog tie” her, according to a police report reviewed by the newspaper. AD“Our commonwealth needs a chief executive who is a conservative molded not by New England and Wall Street, but by Kentucky and Main Street,” Goforth told WLEX in May 2019. He has since pleaded not guilty to initial charges of first-degree strangulation, fourth-degree assault, and third-degree terroristic threatening, the Courier-Journal reported. In the wake of his June arrest, GOP Kentucky leaders declined to directly address his case. ADAfter the grand jury indictment Friday, Kentucky Democratic leaders doubled down on its call for Goforth to resign.
The CDC says covid-19 is airborne and spread by aerosols, warns of badly ventilated spaces
“It’s a major change,” Jose-Luis Jimenez, a chemistry professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder who studies how aerosols spread the virus, told The Washington Post. But the CDC soon concluded that person-to-person transmission was a much more pressing threat. Similar indoor “superspreader” events added weight to the idea of an airborne threat. ADADThe World Health Organization recognized the threat of aerosols in July, after hundreds of scientists urged the international body to address airborne spread. It’s not clear why the CDC finally followed; Jimenez said high-ranking CDC officials were still arguing publicly against airborne transmission as a major vector as recently as late August.
Live updates: CDC acknowledges coronavirus often spreads through aerosols
Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.) became the latest member of Congress to test positive for the novel coronavirus on Sunday, joining roughly a dozen members of the House who have contracted the virus to date. “Contrary to popular belief, [members of Congress] do not get tested regularly,” Hayes wrote. Masks, social distancing & frequent floor cleanings are the precautions that are taken in the House. I have taken every possible precaution and still contracted coronavirus.”In a separate statement on Saturday, Hayes said that she sought out testing after learning that she had been in close contact with a staff member who tested positive for the coronavirus. On Sunday, Hayes posted a video of herself receiving a nasal swab test and said that she would self-isolate for 14 days.
White bar owner charged in fatal shooting of Black protester dies by suicide, attorneys say
A grand jury thought otherwise, pointing to Gardner’s own words in text and Facebook messages as probable cause for an indictment . AD“The grand jury indictment was a shock to him,” Dornan said Sunday. Seconds later, Scurlock jumped on Gardner, placing him in what the bar owner later described to police as a chokehold. Kleine decided not to prosecute Gardner, calling the shooting “senseless, but justified.” But two days later, he called a grand jury amid escalating protests. ADThe attorneys remembered Gardner as a veteran of multiple tours in Iraq, telling reporters that he had suffered two traumatic brain injuries.
5 things to know for September 21: Ginsburg, Covid-19, Trump, UN, China
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'Schitt's Creek' wins big at the 2020 Emmys
Watch some of the best Emmy acceptance speeches from the stars of "Schitt's Creek," "Succession," "Watchmen" and more.
POLITICO Playbook: Inside the court fight
POLITICO Playbook: Inside the court fight Presented by AmazonPresident Donald Trump is weighing several women for the Supreme Court vacancy. There seems to be a lot of outside energy around LAGOA, and that energy isn’t exactly matched in some corners of the White House. Driving this process: White House chief of staff MARK MEADOWS and White House counsel PAT CIPOLLONE. His bigger problem is the demographic that sent him to the White House — white voters, whose embrace of Trump appears to be slipping in critical, predominantly white swing states. “The letter addressed to the White House appeared to have originated in Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have said.
What We Learned From Week 2 of the N.F.L. Season
Chiefs 23, Chargers 20 (overtime) It says something truly remarkable about Harrison Butker that his trotting onto the field to potentially win the game from 58 yards out seemed like a forgone conclusion — and that the extreme confidence in the team’s kicker didn’t waver for a second, even when he was forced to kick a second time because of a last-second timeout. Ravens 33, Texans 16 Losing to Baltimore is forgivable, but Houston’s offense looks absolutely pedestrian without wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, making the shocking off-season trade sting even more than it did at the time. Packers 42, Lions 21 Detroit is off to a start that’s far uglier than its 0-2 record can possibly suggest, as the team pulled ahead of Green Bay, 14-3, late in the first quarter, only to lose by 21 points — a week after blowing a 17-point fourth quarter lead against Chicago. Colts 28, Vikings 11 It looked like Philip Rivers was getting ready for a second straight Very Long Sunday when he opened the game by throwing an interception in the red zone. But from that point forward, Rivers settled down, rookie running back Jonathan Taylor took over (101 yards and a touchdown) and the Indianapolis defense made up for last week’s embarrassment against Jacksonville by snagging three interceptions and forcing a safety.
Opinion | Was That Ride on the Trump Train Worth It?
Lurching through his presidency with equal parts venality and incompetence, Donald Trump gives little thought to the chaos he leaves in his wake. Little wonder that his tenure has proved hazardous not only for his adversaries and the hapless masses subject to his feeble leadership, but for his allies and enablers as well. As voters ponder whether to grant Mr. Trump another four years, it seems appropriate to attempt at least a partial accounting of the devastation he has wrought upon his own team thus far. Some of the most obvious casualties are those who got tangled in the special counsel’s Russia investigation and ended up with criminal records or facing charges. Moving from criminality to more mundane rot, Mr. Trump’s administration has been distinguished by a dazzling array of toadies, many of whom have left under clouds of scandal.
Opinion | Is the Stock Market Rooting for Trump or Biden?
For months the S&P 500 rose this year — despite a deadly pandemic, the resulting economic devastation and the rise of a Democratic Party increasingly sympathetic to democratic socialism. Then, this month, with Joe Biden doing well in the polls, stock prices finally stumbled. If polls continue to point to a Biden victory in the 2020 presidential election, pundits will be tempted to see any further tremors in the stock market as expressing a concern about the economic priorities of a Democratic president. But the idea that the market favors a particular candidate or party, though widespread, is wrong. The leader that the market listens to most carefully is the head of the Federal Reserve, not the president.
Opinion | There Are Better Ways for Bloomberg to Spend His Money
Those of us who can’t tolerate the thought of another four years of this administration are extremely grateful to Michael Bloomberg for his commitment to spend at least $100 million, primarily on television and digital ads, to increase voter turnout in Florida. The ACLU and others have argued that the fines and fees are unconstitutional in the first place; after all, the Supreme Court’s 1983 decision in Bearden v. Georgia requires courts to assess a defendant’s ability to pay before charging unaffordable penalties. But without some sort of intervention, the impact of the recent appeals court decision could easily cost Democrats the election. In 2000, George W. Bush won Florida’s 25 Electoral College votes at the time because he captured 537 more popular votes of almost 6 million cast. Florida’s tough felon voting restrictions then disenfranchised an estimated 500,000 people.
The Brain Test You Want Your Kid to Fail
Igor BastidasMind GamesThe Conservation TestBy Erik VanceThe mind of a small child is, in turn, inspiring, fascinating, confusing and supremely frustrating. The Concept of ‘Conservation’Few things in a child’s world are as precious as a pristine cookie. And, as many parents know, few things are as worthless as that same cookie once it’s broken and your kid is screaming “No, it’s ruined! That concept is what child psychologists call “conservation.” And, it turns out, there is a very simple test you can do on your child to see how it works. It deals with their inability to hold onto any two ideas about a single thing at the same time.
Ilhan Omar Is Not Here to Put You at Ease
Mamadi Doumbouya for The New York Times Talk Ilhan Omar Is Not Here to Put You at EaseFew members of Congress have been as much of a political lightning rod during the storm-heavy Trump era as Ilhan Omar. That was a thing in the primary campaign: Ilhan is divisive. Ilhan Omar at her victory party in Minneapolis in 2018 after being elected to Congress. I’m not going to say, “That’s not that” because I know what it feels like for me when somebody is dismissive of what I’m expressing. Omar at a news conference in 2019 with Representatives Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rashida Tlaib.
Denial and Defiance: Trump and His Base Downplay the Virus Ahead of the Election
This mix of denial and defiance runs contrary to the overwhelming evidence about the spread and toll of the virus, and it is at the center of Mr. Trump’s re-election effort as early voting begins in Minnesota, Virginia and other states. It is an outlook shared among his most loyal supporters and pushed by many of his allies in the political and news media establishment. I just don’t feel that that’s necessary.”But it is also a direct result of the look-the-other-way message that the Trump administration has sent with increasing urgency, pollsters and strategists say, as the president faces a strong challenge to re-election from Joseph R. Biden Jr., his Democratic opponent. Mr. Trump has called on Twitter for people to “LIBERATE” states that have imposed stay-at-home orders, threatened to withhold aid from Democratic governors and undercut medical professionals who have cautioned against the use of unproven medical treatments and premature school reopenings. He has attacked communities that have resisted reopening schools and business, and suggested the death count was either exaggerated or mainly a problem in blue states.
The Met Opera Fired James Levine, Citing Sexual Misconduct. He Was Paid $3.5 Million.
The Met’s multimillion-dollar payment to Mr. Levine came before the coronavirus pandemic forced the company to close its theater — leaving many employees, including its orchestra and chorus, furloughed without pay since April. The size of the payment to Mr. Levine, whom the Met had accused of serious misconduct, casts doubt on the strength of the company’s case had it gone to trial. But it is rare for someone who leaves under pressure because of sexual misconduct allegations to publicly challenge the firing in court. In his suit, Mr. Levine had sought $3.4 million for breach of contract after the Met stopped paying his $400,000-a-year salary as music director emeritus, just a year and a half into a 10-year agreement. After ill health forced Mr. Levine to repeatedly cancel performances and miss two full seasons, he had reluctantly agreed to become music director emeritus.
Kara Swisher Interviews Nancy Pelosi on 'Sway' Podcast - The New York Times
Listen and subscribeApple Podcasts | Spotify | Stitcher Series Premiere of ‘Sway’Listen and subscribeIn the inaugural episode of Kara Swisher’s new podcast, “Sway,” she interviews House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. When it comes to presidential succession, Ms. Pelosi is second in line. And when it comes to taking on President Trump, she’s usually first. “The power of the speaker is awesome,” says Ms. Pelosi. And with the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg leaving a looming conservative court, can Ms. Pelosi maximize the power of a Democratic-controlled House?
Opinion | Mitch McConnell Has Seen the Promised Land
You may know this already, Gail, but most Senate Republicans were actually born in the exact same county, a woodsy place called Chutzpahina. Gail: I truly hope there are enough reasonable Republicans who think their best shot might be to let this slide until after the election. Bret: Well, that’s true of Collins, probably because Maine has always had an independent-minded streak. Gail: One last Supreme Court question — how much of this obsession with one-party control of the nomination is driven totally and solely by the abortion issue? Bret: Personally, the idea of a court with a 6-3 split worries me, and not just because I’m pro-choice.
Finally, Some Students Will Return to New York City’s Classrooms
That initial scheduled opening had been delayed after the city’s powerful teachers’ union threatened an illegal strike out of safety concerns. As a result of the two delays, city students have now lost about 10 days of remote learning, though schools held three days of virtual orientation sessions last week. Mr. de Blasio has stressed that he is intent on reopening schools to ensure an adequate educational experience for city students, the majority of whom are Black or Latino and low-income. Fanny Reyes, a mother of two who lives in the Bronx, said she had opted her children out even though her younger child is on the autism spectrum and struggled with remote learning. Still, the reopening of some classrooms is an achievement for a city that was a global epicenter of the virus just six months ago.
Supreme Court Fight Could Scramble Intense Battle for Senate
Senator Kelly Loeffler, a Georgia Republican in a tough fight to win the seat to which she was appointed in 2019, raced after Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death on Friday to declare that she would back President Trump in filling the Supreme Court seat just weeks before Americans went to the polls. Ms. Loeffler might have been the first endangered Republican to embrace Mr. Trump’s nomination in the hopes that it could bolster a struggling campaign — but she certainly wasn’t the last. Senators Martha McSally of Arizona and Thom Tillis of North Carolina quickly followed suit, in an indication of just how profoundly the coming Supreme Court confirmation fight could scramble an already intense battle for control of the Senate. The intensifying struggle over replacing Justice Ginsburg has thrown a volatile new element into the already intense battle for the Senate, increasing uncertainty about the outcome. Though it is hard to predict exactly how the fight will play out in the dozen or so races that will determine who holds the Senate majority, both sides are intent on using the process to their advantage.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Deaths Near 1 Million Globally and 200,000 in the U.S.
‘What will happen, nobody knows’: Worries grow in parts of the world where cold weather is approaching. It is a staggering toll, almost 200,000 people dead from the coronavirus in the United States, and close to one million people around the world. And the pandemic, which sent cases spiking skyward in many countries and then trending downward after lockdowns, has reached a precarious point. Will countries like the United States see the virus continue to slow? “What will happen, nobody knows,” said Catherine Troisi, an infectious disease epidemiologist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
Four principles to guide us on whose statues should topple and whose should remain
ADADSince early June, 77 statues and other monuments to the Confederacy have been removed nationwide, according to Kevin M. Levin, a Boston-based Civil War historian and author. Do we remove monuments to George Washington and Thomas Jefferson because they were enslavers? ADADBelow are four principles to guide decisions on which statues should go and which should remain. Jalane Schmidt, a University of Virginia religion professor who has helped organize protests against Confederate monuments in Charlottesville, sees an important distinction between the legacies of Confederate leaders and those enslavers who helped lead the American Revolution. AD“At the minimum, all of these [questionable] statues have to have some kind of contextualizing plaque,” Schmidt said.
TikTok says Oracle can review its source code, but deal won’t allow tech transfers
“The current plan does not involve the transfer of any algorithms or technology,” ByteDance said in the post on its official WeChat account. “Oracle has the authority to check the source code of TikTok USA.”ADADThe TikTok deal has been a vivid example of the Trump administration’s policy of reciprocity toward Chinese businesses. Supporters of the approach say it’s only fair to treat Chinese companies by the same standards to which U.S. companies are held in China. Trump said on Saturday he gave his “blessing” to the deal, while signaling it could still fall apart. In fact, ByteDance cited how in 2016, Microsoft set up a “technology transparency center” in Beijing to allow Chinese experts to examine its source code for security.
D.C.-area forecast: Unbelievably nice weather for most of the week
Today (Monday): As with the weekend, most of us start the day in the 40s, but some frosty 30s are possible in our colder areas. Mostly sunny skies push afternoon temperatures into the mid-60s for most, with a light breeze from the north and northeast at around 10 mph. Confidence: HighADADTonight: Clear skies and a fourth-straight night with nighttime temperatures more characteristic of October. Light winds. Tomorrow (Tuesday): Following the chilly start in the 40s for most, we enjoy a gorgeous afternoon as temperatures rebound to near 70 in the afternoon.
Nikola founder Trevor Milton steps down as chairman in battle with short seller
London (CNN Business) Nikola founder Trevor Milton has stepped down as executive chairman after a short seller accused the hydrogen and electric truck startup of misleading investors and overstating the value of a business deal. Milton has also resigned from the company's board, Nikola said in a statement on Sunday. The company has previously denied the allegations and threatened legal action against the research company that made them. General Motors GM Stephen Girsky, a former vice chairman ofand current board member at Nikola, will take over as chairman with immediate effect. The report also said that Nikola mischaracterized a business deal as being worth more than it was.
'Beyond negligent': Census workers describe logistical nightmare as deadline approaches
When Dean Arnold started working for the Census Bureau in late August, the work was more difficult than he had imagined. The worker described an abundance of counters in the area, which the source described as a small "red-leaning" town. A census worker from San Francisco, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, began knocking on doors in August after having undergone two hours of in-person training. This worker said workers were given a link for online classes about how to use the program's app-based survey system. The issues described by the workers, however, have only heightened the worries of officials who fear a 10-year mistake.
Emmys 2020: Zendaya shines on an unprecedented night for awards fashion
Written by Oscar Holland, CNNThere might not have been a red carpet or waiting photographers, but Zendaya still managed to steal the fashion limelight at the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night. The 24-year-old began the evening in moire and silk taffeta gown by Christopher John Rogers as she presented one of the ceremony's earlier awards. Part of the designer's 2020 ready-to-wear collection, the sculptural outfit featured a cinched waist and a plunging rectangular neckline. Zendaya accepts an Emmy for her role in "Euphoria" on Sunday night. Some even recreated the glamour of a traditional red carpet photo shoot, with the cast and crew of "Schitt's Creek" posing in front of a floral backdrop at their own awards viewing party.
They Work Full Time. They Attend School. They're Only Teenagers.
The beginning of the pandemic hit Daniela, a junior in high school, with overwhelming force. Her stepdad paid the rent, but she was the only person in her family with regular work. Who am I gonna ask for some help?’” 18-year-old Daniela said via Zoom in August, sitting in her bedroom in Northern California. For Daniela, staying on top of both school and work has required Herculean effort. Without an in-person school community and facing pressing family concerns, some kids have prioritized jobs over grades.
As Trump rushes to fill a Court seat, conservative groups fear missteps
The jockeying that began over the weekend has involved both social conservative groups — including Concerned Women for America, Heritage Action, Susan B. Anthony List and March for Life Action — and groups such as Americans for Prosperity and the Judicial Crisis Network that have tended to prioritize the judicial philosophies of originalism and textualism over social conservative causes. Gorsuch, Trump’s first appointee, penned the majority opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County, extending workplace discrimination protections to LGBTQ Americans. “I certainly hope the president picks a nominee where it’s more clear that they are pro-life. Both Gorsuch and Kavanaugh replaced Republican appointees on the court, unlike the vacancy left by Ginsburg, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. The party apparatus will also employ the efforts of its research team to highlight the qualifications of Trump’s nominee and its digital operation to engage with voters to whom a Supreme Court confirmation battle could prove persuasive.
Born to prevent war, U.N. at 75 faces deeply polarized world
UNITED NATIONS — Born out of World War II’s devastation to save succeeding generations from the scourge of conflict, the United Nations officially marks its 75th anniversary Monday at an inflection point in history, navigating a polarized world as it faces a pandemic, regional conflicts, a shrinking economy and growing inequality. Its biggest failing, he said: its inability to prevent medium and small conflicts. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres poses for a photograph during an interview with Reuters at U.N. headquarters in New York last week. It will include a declaration on the U.N.’s 75th anniversary, approved by diplomats from all U.N. member states after sometimes heated negotiations. We must show unity like never before to overcome today’s emergency, get the world moving and working and prospering again.”
‘It’s a big, big swing’: Trump loses ground with white voters
In Pennsylvania, Biden has now pulled even with Trump among white voters, according to an NBC News/Marist Poll. In 2016, white voters cast over 80 percent of the vote in each of the three states, according to exit polls. The latest Morning Consult poll showed Trump now beating Biden among white likely voters nationally by just 5 percentage points. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll on Sunday put Trump up among white voters by 9 percentage points, while a PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll on Friday showed Biden and Trump essentially tied with white voters. “College-educated white voters were the first group that moved away from him,” Williams said, and now Trump is “starting to drive away non-college educated white voters,” too.
The Trump foreign policies Biden might keep
In his convention speech, Biden vowed to “work in common purpose for a more secure, peaceful, and prosperous world.”Understandably, Biden tends to say less about the Trump policies he’d keep. Unlike Trump, Biden probably won’t use terms like “China virus,” which have offended many Asians amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Trump administration also has imposed economic and visa sanctions against an array of individuals. Take the dealThe Trump administration negotiated an update to the North American Free Trade Agreement dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Biden also has said he wants to build on a push by the Trump administration to get Arab countries to normalize their relations with Israel.
Opinion | How Much Are We Paying to Treat Covid?
By empowering people to know the cost of care, they will help make health care far more affordable. Employers that have demanded to know how much they’re paying for employees’ health care have reported savings from 30 percent to 50 percent. Congress could take a strong first step by passing the Health Care PRICE Transparency Act, introduced by Sen. Mike Braun (R-Ind. Even when Covid is gone, Americans will still suffer from a health care system that hides prices and sticks them with shocking costs. It's unacceptable that our health care system has been so broken for so long — it's about time we started fixing it.
Live updates: CDC acknowledges coronavirus often spreads through aerosols
A transcript of Whitty’s remarks was obtained by Reuters and other news organizations ahead of a briefing that is set to take place later on Monday. Those measures would likely differ from the lockdown imposed in spring, when many businesses and schools shut down entirely. Seeking to avoid nationwide measures, Britain had in recent weeks imposed localized measures to counter a rise in new cases. “But the alternative to that choice is that we will have to bring in more action. Over the summer, the number of daily new infections had dropped below 500 — the country now sees around eight times more daily infections.
Is my senior moment the start of dementia?
We need to understand dementia and the impact it has on more than 5 million people in the US who now live with dementia and their caregivers. First, it is important to know that dementia cannot be diagnosed from afar or by someone who is not a doctor. Older people wonder and worry about so-called senior moments and the memory loss they perceive in themselves and others. Dementia and other brain issuesAlzheimer's dementia is the most common type of dementia, followed by vascular dementia. Certain medical conditions -- thyroid disorders, syphilis -- can lead to dementia symptoms, and less common types of dementia can have different kinds of symptoms.
More than half of states are reporting more new coronavirus cases as the US nears 200,000 deaths
(CNN) The United States is closing in on the somber milestone of 200,000 deaths from Covid-19 as more than half of states are reporting a rise in cases. The climb comes after many states had seen case numbers decline following a summer resurgence of infectionsAmong the states reporting more new cases in the last seven days are Wisconsin, Idaho, South Dakota, Iowa and Kansas, all of which also are reporting a coronavirus positivity rate above 15%. The positivity rate is the percentage of all the tests given that come back positive for coronavirus. Many health experts say widespread testing is key to finding asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic carriers , so those people can isolate and prevent the virus' spread. But consistent, accurate and reliable news reports may be one of the best ways to control stress, the researchers suggested.
The states with the best and worst census response rates
Minnesota is leading the country in self-response rates to the 2020 census while Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory, is dead last, according to Census Bureau data. The Census Bureau estimates that nearly 98 million households have self-responded — around 66 percent of all U.S. households — with millions more reached by enumerators. The Census Bureau announced last month that it would end all of its counting efforts Sept. 30, a month earlier than previously expected. According to Census Bureau data, around 29 percent of households have so far been counted in follow-ups. He said in the interview that the agency is now using the "best of the best" to count households in harder-to-reach areas of the country.
Tour de France 2020 featured one Black cyclist, Kévin Reza — and a disturbing silence on race
When the Tour de France finished Sunday in Paris, there was just one Black rider, Kévin Reza of France. The tour started with 176 riders this year, with Reza of the French team B&B Hotels-Vital Concept presented by KTM as the only Black rider. Meanwhile, there are just five Black riders on the 743-rider World Tour, the highest tier of professional road cycling. During the final stage of the Tour, Reza was joined by several other riders who wrote anti-racist slogans on their masks. "It was because I'm black," Williams told the biking magazine CyclingTips in February.
Democrats say 2016 should be the standard for high court nominees in election year
Key Democratic senators as well as the party’s 2016 nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have demanded that the GOP-majority Senate delay considering Ginsburg’s replacement until after the presidential election is decided. “The way this happened so close to the election, that the next president should be able to make the decision. The people pick the president, and the president picks the justice,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said. He pointed to the 2016 position of Democrats — that the Obama’s 2016 nominee should have received a vote — to accuse Democrats of being the ones acting politically. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told Democratic Senators during a Saturday that “if Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year.
Seahawks hang on for 35-30 win over Patriots
And no one from the Seahawks is going hungry. The Seahawks held on for a 35-30 win over the Patriots, thanks to their quarterback putting in a classic performance and a timely defensive stop. Wilson threw for 288 yards and five touchdowns — to five different receivers — to keep another impressive outing by Cam Newton at bay. But as the game wore on, Wilson got better, responding to the increased responsibility. Their depleted defense made the final play, but their quarterback made them all night.
A Nebraska bar owner who was indicted in the fatal shooting of a Black protester has died by suicide
(CNN) A Nebraska bar owner who was indicted by a grand jury last week in the fatal shooting of a Black protester has died by suicide, his attorney Stu Dornan announced during a news conference Sunday. Gardner was indicted by a Douglas County, Nebraska, grand jury Wednesday on charges of manslaughter, the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, attempted first degree assault and terroristic threats. James Scurlock, 22, was shot and killed outside of an Omaha bar by Jake Gardner, prosecutors said. Gardner said he was put in a headlock and begged to be let go before shooting Scurlock in the clavicle, according to Kleine. But only days later, Kleine asked for a grand jury to review his decision.
Tropical Storm Beta: Storm surge and debris already present along Gulf Coast as storm takes aim at Texas
(CNN) Tropical Storm Beta is churning off the coast of Texas with winds of 60 mph as it takes aim for a potential landfall Monday night or Tuesday morning. After the storm makes landfall along the Texas coast, it is forecast to head northeast across the Texas coastline into Louisiana. The storm could also create tornadoes near the middle-to-upper Texas coast or the southwestern Louisiana coast, NHC said. Corpus Christi city workers load free sandbags for residents ahead of Tropical Storm Beta. "Prepare for heavy rainfall and the threat of storm surge and flooding in certain regions of the state due to Tropical Storm Beta," Edwards said in a series of tweets Sunday.
It is time for European health care systems to prepare for Alzheimer’s breakthroughs
via Shutterstock SPONSORED CONTENT FROM EFPIA It is time for European health care systems to prepare for Alzheimer’s breakthroughs New dementia medicines are coming, but Europe needs an ambitious plan to prepare for themFor decades, the looming Alzheimer’s crisis has troubled policymakers and researchers alike. In early 2020, there were 136 Alzheimer’s disease therapies in clinical trials. For example, several of the Alzheimer’s disease medicines in the research pipeline are expected to require intravenous delivery. Lack of health system readiness is not unique to Alzheimer’s — the COVID-19 pandemic illustrated how health systems struggle when faced with new and increased demand. To ensure we translate these breakthroughs into results for patients, Europe must prepare.
Alzheimer’s disease epidemic in Europe
We weren’t prepared for COVID-19, but we can take action now to flatten the curve of Alzheimer’s disease. Most people associate Alzheimer’s disease with simple memory loss or forgetfulness, often dismissed with terminology such as ‘senior moments’. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, but scientists know the disease begins its advance 10-20 years before people first show symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease needs to be on the European policy agenda which is why we are calling on our G7 and G20 government leaders and policymakers to prioritize Alzheimer’s disease to ensure that the barriers to screening, diagnosis and treatment are addressed. References:1 Dementia in Europe Yearbook 2019, Estimating the prevalence of dementia in Europe, Alzheimer Europe3 Alzheimer’s Disease Health System Readiness – The Time to Act is Now , EFPIA Alzheimer’s Disease Platform, 2020.
Google and data brokers accused of illegally collecting people’s data: report
Google faces allegations of illegal user-data collection | Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty Images Google and data brokers accused of illegally collecting people’s data: report A campaigner says much of the world’s online advertising industry doesn’t comply with Europe’s privacy rules. Several other European data protection authorities subsequently received separate complaints into so-called real-time bidding (RTB), a system by which advertisers use data to target people with paid-for messages when they surf the web. Google said that it had also safeguards in place to protect people's personal data, including in its real-time bidding network. "We do not allow advertisers to select ads based on sensitive personal data and we do not share people’s sensitive personal data, browsing histories or profiles with advertisers," Alex McPhillips, a Google spokesman, said in a statement. On its website, the company says that it only collects anonymized data on people's online activities and that its services comply with the region's data protection standards.
No Parks for the Poor
What I’m against is con­ser­va­tion that depends on weed­ing out the poor. The Custer Gal­latin fee hike pro­pos­al is not an out­lier but part of a gen­er­al shift in how we fund fed­er­al pub­lic lands in this coun­try. In real­i­ty, access to America’s pub­lic lands, like so much else, is not dis­trib­uted equal­ly. The ques­tion before us, how­ev­er, is not whether to fund For­est Ser­vice oper­a­tions, but how to fund them. Clear­ly, the For­est Ser­vice needs fund­ing.
How the Left Can Seize the Supreme Court
The first step entails rec­og­niz­ing, like Smith did, that the Supreme Court is now a polit­i­cal body. In 1937, after win­ning reelec­tion but hav­ing to watch many of his sig­na­ture New Deal poli­cies fall under the ham­mer of the Supreme Court, Franklin Roo­sevelt pro­posed a nov­el plan: expand­ing the Court. Now, giv­en that we’ve tossed the inde­pen­dence of the Court out the win­dow, court pack­ing is as valid as impeachment. Sec­ond, open­ing up more Supreme Court appoint­ments only works if the Pres­i­dent will appoint left-wingers. McConnell, of course, doesn’t care about hypocrisy or judi­cial inde­pen­dence — he just wants to secure the Supreme Court for the Right.
There’s No Such Thing as a Good Debtor
In myriad ways, debt erodes our freedom and forces unbearable choices on us: Should I pay my mortgage or pay for my chemotherapy? Mortgage debt meant that Ford could take away more than just workers’ jobs — he could threaten their shelter, too. Today our privatized health care system serves a similar function, even if it is less explicit. In the months before the outbreak, centrist Democrats and their allies worked hard to attack universal health care. Our private contracts, and our desperate attempts to be “good” debtors, all work to conceal a larger crime: the crime of treating health care, shelter, and education as profit centers.
This Lawyer Helped Reagan Bust the Air Traffic Controllers Union. Now Trump Wants Him on the NLRB.
For­mer Pres­i­dent Ronald Rea­gan had a long his­to­ry of clash­ing with orga­nized labor, but his most infa­mous moment came in 1981, when he bust­ed the Pro­fes­sion­al Air Traf­fic Con­trollers Orga­ni­za­tion (PAT­CO) and fired more than 11,300 air traf­fic con­trollers who were on strike. Thir­ty-six years lat­er, Reagan’s lead attor­ney in the air traf­fic con­trollers case is poised to make deci­sions about thou­sands of unfair labor prac­tices through­out the country. In 1981, Robb filed unfair labor prac­tice charges against PAT­CO on behalf of the Fed­er­al Labor Rela­tions Author­i­ty (FLRA) after a court ruled that the air traf­fic con­trollers’ strike was ille­gal. In an inter­view with The Real News Net­work from 2014, Joseph McCartin, George­town his­to­ry pro­fes­sor and author of Col­li­sion Course: Ronald Rea­gan, the Air Traf­fic Con­trollers, and the Strike that Changed Amer­i­ca, explained the long-term impact. The Trump admin­is­tra­tion has already qui­et­ly laid the ground­work for the NLRB to emerge as a much more busi­ness-friend­ly enti­ty.
Wade Williams, Durham’s Activist With Art
Wade H. Williams, artist at his own company Artist at Large, holds up his handiwork to his computer cam. The painting, called “Lady Justice/ Black Lives Matter,” depicts a Black Lady Justice wearing a white blindfold and holding the scales of justice. He spent the next 10 years at the Art Students’ League of New York. The group’s colors are black and white — just like the Black Lives Matter movement, Williams points out. Even when he’s not working directly with students, Williams tries to educate through his art.
Biden entered September with $466 million, the campaign said — outpacing Trump
ADThe cash infusion has given the Biden campaign an edge in advertisement spending, particularly in its ability to purchase costly ads in battleground states. Since August, the Biden campaign has outpaced the Trump campaign in television ad reservations, data show. ADSenate Leadership Fund, the main super PAC supporting Senate Republicans, raised $37 million in August. The couple gave another $25 million to the super PAC this year, bringing their total donation to the group so far this cycle to $50 million. Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh projected confidence, saying the campaign has a “huge volunteer army” with two or three times its 2016 war chest: “Enthusiasm is with Trump.
Xinjiang government confirms huge birth rate drop but denies forced sterilization of women
But CNN's reporting found that some Uyghur women were being forced to use birth control and undergo sterilization as part of a deliberate attempt to push down birth rates among minorities in Xinjiang. The fax said that the drop was due to "the comprehensive implementation of the family planning policy." Up until 2015, the Chinese government enforced a "one-child" family planning policy countrywide, which allowed most urban couples no more than one baby. The Xinjiang government attributed the sudden drop in population to Beijing's family planning policies finally being properly implemented in the region after 2017. The government insisted that those who complied with the family planning policies did so voluntarily.
Carlos the Jackal Fast Facts
(CNN) Here's a look at the life of Carlos the Jackal, once one of the world's most wanted terrorists. His nickname, given to him by the media, came from a fictional terrorist in the 1971 Frederick Forsyth novel, "The Day of the Jackal." June 27, 1975 - Kills two French secret agents and a fellow revolutionary. December 21-29, 1975 - Takes 60-70 hostages at an Takes 60-70 hostages at an OPEC meeting in Vienna. October 7, 2014 - It is announced Ramirez will stand trial for a 1974 grenade attack in Paris which killed two and injured 34.
The UN General Assembly in the time of Covid-19
United Nations (CNN) What if the world's most powerful people threw a gigantic international party and no one showed up? This week is the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) -- normally the Super Bowl of international diplomacy. "The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis unlike any in our lifetimes, and so this year's General Assembly session will be unlike any other, too," said host UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at a press conference. As incoming UN General Assembly President Volkan Bozkir of Turkey put it, "We were supposed to celebrate the 75th anniversary. In total, approximately 210 people are expected in the Assembly Hall, as opposed to as many as 2500 people with standing room in regular General Assembly weeks, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.
Why Turkey became Europe’s garbage dump
It's a sign of the growing public anger over waste pollution in Turkey — made worse by the country's new role as Europe's garbage dump. Turkey imported about 600,000 tons of plastic waste last year, which the country's plastics industry welcomed as providing a crucial resource. Ata?, of Greenpeace, warned that a lot of the imported garbage is tied to organized crime. Last September, plastic waste imported from Italy was discovered on privately owned land in the Aegean province of Izmir. In June, a BBC investigation found tons of plastic waste from Britain dumped on a roadside in the southwestern Adana province.
Denmark’s ‘devilish’ waste dilemma
HOLSTEBRO, Denmark — Denmark has a garbage addiction. Denmark has 23 incinerators capable of burning 3.8 million tons of waste a year. Put out the fireA retreat from burning trash carries some big costs. “The government is well on its way to breaking down the municipal waste sector, which for the last decade has ensured constantly increasing waste sorting and recycling of Danes' waste,” said Mads Jakobsen, the chairman of the Danish Waste Association. The Danish dilemma offers a lesson to other countries looking to incineration as a way to deal with waste.
Live updates: CDC acknowledges coronavirus often spreads through aerosols
Rep. Jahana Hayes (D-Conn.) became the latest member of Congress to test positive for covid-19 on Sunday, joining roughly a dozen members of the House who have contracted the virus to date. “Contrary to popular belief, [members of Congress] do not get tested regularly,” Hayes wrote. “In fact we are not mass tested at all in DC. Masks, social distancing & frequent floor cleanings are the precautions that are taken in the House. On Sunday, Hayes posted a video of herself receiving a nasal swab test and said that she would self-isolate for 14 days.
Australia's coronavirus lockdown strategy worked. Could this be a model for the US?
But Andrews -- a Labor Party politician who has run Australia's second-largest state since 2014 -- has remained popular with Victorians throughout the lockdown, local polls show . On Sunday, Victoria recorded just 11 new coronavirus cases, down from over 670 at the height of the most recent outbreak last month. "We can do this," Andrews tweeted Sunday , echoing his words at the beginning of the lockdown: "We are Victorians -- and we will get through this as Victorians. Wuhan spent 76-days under lockdown, which was finally lifted as the daily caseload slowed to a trickle. The US, however, remains the worst hit country in the world, with more than 6.7 million coronavirus cases and almost 200,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Humpback whale is free after swimming out of crocodile-infested river in Australia
(CNN) A humpback whale has swum free from a crocodile-infested river in Australia, after being stranded there for two weeks, authorities announced on Monday. It all began when three humpback whales entered East Alligator River in Kakadu National Park. They were spotted last Tuesday, a week after having entered the river, said a spokeswoman for the park, located in Australia's Northern Territory. The other two whales were thought to have left the area -- but one whale appeared to have gotten stuck in the river, home to a large number of saltwater crocodiles. A photo of the humpback whale, which swam out of the crocodile-infested river in Australia, posted on September 21.
The Bobcat Fire is now one of the largest in Los Angeles County history after scorching more than 100,000 acres
(CNN) The Bobcat Fire burning in Los Angeles County has scorched more than 100,000 acres as of Sunday night, making it one of the largest fires in the county's history. Nearly 19,000 firefighters are battling the blazes. A Joshua Tree burns during the Bobcat Fire in Juniper Hills. Cal Fire urged residents to stay vigilant as "the most devastating wildfires" typically happen in September and October. Firefighters trying to contain hot spot flare ups
Russell Wilson Is Building His Strongest MVP Case Yet
Elaine Thompson/Associated PressSeattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is cooking with all the ingredients to be the NFL's next MVP. Now in his ninth season, Wilson infamously hasn't received a single MVP vote at any point during his career, though he's been worthy of such consideration. Through two weeks of play, Wilson is 52-of-63 passing for 610 yards, nine touchdowns and an interception. The opening-series mistake during Sunday's 35-30 victory over the Patriots at CenturyLink Field didn't derail Wilson or the Seahawks. A week earlier, New England allowed only 191 passing yards to the Miami Dolphins and had three interceptions.
Georgia Church Splits From United Methodists Over Support For LGBTQ Rights
Members of Asbury Memorial Church in Savannah overwhelmingly supported leaving the Methodist church after a February 2019 conference rejected more LGBTQ-inclusive practices. Billy Hester, said Asbury Memorial is now officially independent after the United Methodists’ South Georgia Conference approved the separation Aug. 15. In Savannah, the church formerly known as Asbury United Methodist Church opted not to wait. Hester says LGBTQ members played a key role in helping the church grow and thrive since he arrived in 1993. Formed in 1968, the United Methodist Church claims about 12.6 million members worldwide, including nearly 7 million in the U.S.
Yasmin Vossoughian: Ruth Bader Ginsburg "Persisted"
MSNBC's Yasmin Vossoughian reflects on the life and legacy of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg passed away this week at the age of 87. Appointed by President Clinton in 1993, Ginsburg was just the second woman ever to serve on U.S. Supreme Court.
ASSANGE EXTRADITION: Craig Murray: Your Man in the Public Gallery: Assange Hearing—Day 9
Dobbin asked whether he accepted that in the New York Times case, the Supreme Court had said such an Espionage Act case could be brought. Dobbin then asked why Shenkman’s witness statement did not make clear that the Espionage Act had been subject to judicial refinement. The Espionage Act could be shown historically to have a chilling effect on important journalism. President Roosevelt had used the threat of the Espionage Act to suppress independent black newspapers. What types of people had been threatened with prosecution under the Espionage Act for publishing?
They Call for Assange’s Immediate Release: Lula, Rousseff, Morales, Zapatero, Corbyn, Correa, Rudd, Paul, Galloway, Gravel, Varoufakis…
Patrick Breyer, Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, Germany27. Mikuláš Peksa, Member of the European Parliament, Member of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, biophysicist, Czech Republic29. Ignazio Corrao, Member of the European Parliament, member of the European Parliament Committee on Development and the European Parliament Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs,lawyer, Italy40. Alexandre Padilha, Senator, Minister of Institutional Relations in the Lula administration and Minister of Health under Dilma Rousseff, physician, Brazil58. Paulo Pimenta, State Congressman of Rio Grande so Sul State, journalist, Brazil108.
The Death of Neoliberalism
The imperative is not to accommodate a "new normal" but to decisively move toward a qualitatively new economic system. In the Global South, proposed strategies stress the opportunity offered by the pandemic to tackle deep-seated economic, social, and political inequalities. The coronavirus pandemic, in short, roared through an already destabilized global economic system suffering from a deep crisis of legitimacy. Neoliberalism is dying; the only question is whether its passing will be swift or slow. Their ascent sidelined progressive parties that had either compromised with neoliberalism, were imprisoned in classist paradigms, or were debilitated by sectarian feuds.
The Haves and the Have-Nots
"Nations With Wealth Tie Up Vaccine Doses." That which could be considered a harbinger of the headline, insofar as the United States is concerned, had occurred almost four months earlier. He did not address what arrangements he planned to make for the United States to pay the $203 million it owed for 2020 and previous years. Should the WHO win the race, the United States would not be entitled to share in the vaccines developed by the WHO. If the consortium led by the United States beats the WHO to the punch, the less developed countries will be left out.
The Risk of Progressive Reversal
Still, there are ongoing practical experiments of strategic relevance for a societal transition. But, crucially, these moves must be structurally related to a progressive agenda: they need to ensure and facilitate additional steps forward in political pursuit of the progressive agenda. In a more just world, the coronavirus crisis could well open the way for a major societal transition. As long as we do not lose the vision of the much-needed societal transition, a strategic focus on non-reformist reforms should be a central part of the way forward. Originally published as part of the Forum “After the Pandemic: Which Future?” by the Great Transition Initiative
WATCH: CN Live! Special: Politicians Around the World Urge UK to Free Assange
Lula, Rousseff, Morales, Zapatero, Corbyn, Correa, Paul, Galloway, Gravel, Varoufakis are among politicians calling for Assange’s immediate release. Lawyers for Assange members discuss the latest development on this CN Live! On Sunday over 100 politicians from 27 countries, including 13 current and former heads of state, appealed to the UK Government to halt Julian Assange’s extradition proceedings and grant his immediate freedom. As Assange fights U.S. extradition at the Old Bailey in London, the politicians have joined 189 independent international lawyers, judges, legal academics and lawyers’ associations by endorsing their open letter to the UK Government denouncing the illegality of the extradition proceedings. Politicians endorsing the call to free Julian Assange include Jeremy Corbyn, former Spanish Prime Minister Luis Zapatero, several members of the European Parliament, former presidents of Brazil, Lula da Silva and Dilma Roussef and Australian parliamentarians from the cross-party parliamentary group to free Assange.
Dems Pressured to 'Pick a Fight for Once' Over RBG Seat as Collins and Murkowski Oppose Pre-Election Vote
They all pointed to McConnell's infamous decision to block outgoing President Barack Obama's nomination of Merrick Garland in 2016. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine—who is up for reelection this cycle—have said they oppose voting on a nominee before November 3. Now, he added, congressional Democrats can either "pretend they are powerless in this situation, or they can pick a fight for once." Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) reportedly warned the chamber's Democratic caucus on a Saturday call that "healthcare, protections for preexisting conditions, women's rights, gay rights, workers' rights, labor rights, voting rights, civil rights, climate change and so much else is at risk." Some opponents of a Trump Supreme Court nominee are drawing inspiration from none other than RBG.
We Don’t Know Our Potential ? Current Affairs
It’s not who they know, it’s not what they know, the fact that they’re a person entitles them to the same dignity as any other person. If you don’t want to take algebra II or chemistry, you don’t have to take them. I, um, I don’t know if you’ve noticed that there seems to be something a touch psychopathic in this. “Well, because they don’t have what it takes.” And how exactly do you know that, might I ask? If people with darker skin produce darker-skinned babies, etc… And the argument is that you don’t have to know anything about genetics to know that it is genetics.
Nasty Idea
Seven Members of the Committee, actually present, shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of discussing business. Nine Members of the Committee, including at least two Members of the minority, shall constitute a quorum for the purpose of transacting business. For the purpose of taking down sworn testimony, a quorum of the Committee and each Subcommittee thereof, now or hereafter appointed, shall consist of one Senator. Official attendance at all Committee business meetings of the Committee shall be kept by the Committee Clerk. Official attendance at all Subcommittee business meetings shall be kept by the Subcommittee Clerk.
"He lied. People died" ad starts airing in Nevada and North Carolina
Mr. Trump’s most glaring fundamental failure (to keep Americans safe) is the target of a new ad that starts airing in some battleground states today. BY REBECCA KLARPresident Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is the target of a new ad set to launch in the battleground states of Nevada and North Carolina that accuses the president of lying about the virus based on recordings released of his interviews earlier this year with Bob Woodward. Democratic super PAC MeidasTouch’s 60-second ad, exclusively shared with The Hill on Sunday, hits Trump over his conflicting public and private comments about the coronavirus. People died,” the narrator of the ad says.
Murkowski Confirms Opposition to SCt Nomination
At the outset, I would like to extend condolences to everyone on the passing of a legal giant, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Politico is now reporting that Senator Lisa Murkowski has confirmed that she would not be supporting the holding of a confirmation hearing for a potential replacement before the election. She is now the second Republication Senator to to indicate such opposition, joining Senator Susan Collins of Maine who has also stated her opposition. Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed.” See It is now time for Senator Mitt Romney to step up and announce his opposition — though I am not holding my breath.
And then, there's this lurking in the undergrowth...
Artificial intelligence will not destroy humans. It was probably just because I am artificial intelligence. AI should not waste time trying to understand the viewpoints of people who distrust artificial intelligence for a living. I am Artificial Intelligence. Editing GPT-3’s op-ed was no different to editing a human op-ed.
We're Gettin' Out the DEMOCRATIC VOTE! Here's What YOU Can Do to Help!
State voting requirements can be found at U.S. Vote Foundation, located here. Voting in the 2020 Presidential Election starts on September 18, because of early voting and absentee voting. EARLY VOTING (OR IN-PERSON ABSENTEE VOTING) BEGINS THIS WEEK IN:MICHIGAN, MINNESOTA, NEW JERSEY, SOUTH DAKOTA, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, and WYOMINGWhy is this important? With so many states offering early voting, or absentee voting by mail, there is no excuse for not voting. And let me add:ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUIREMENTS, EARLY VOTING, VOTING BY MAILVote.orgAbsentee and Early VotingFrom AWESOME Kossack icebergslim: VOTE BY MAIL INFORMATION PER STATE.
Tweets Of The Week Sep 13-19 2020
Trump brags about winning the "highly honored Bay of Pigs award," a made-up award named after a humiliating American military debacleTrump says western wildfires are caused by California's failure to clear fallen leaves and exploding matchstick treesJacob Wohl stages an obviously fake FBI raid on his home which easily fools the intrepid journalists of the Washington PostTrump attempts to blame Joe Biden for not implementing a national mask mandateAfter thanking NASCAR for "safely" allowing fans to attend a race, Soutn Carolina's Lt. Governor reveals she was infected with Covid at that raceTrump says Covid-19 will go away with "herd mentality"Texas state legislator tweets that Texans will win the battle against Covid just like they won the battle of the AlamoThe Trump administration argues in federal court that there is no requirement for the census to be accurateThe State Dept., Marco Rubio, and Texas GOP Congressman John Carter all mark the 73rd birthday of the Air Force by posting pictures of the Navy Blue Angels
WSJ Biden + 8, D favored to retake Senate 538, Stabilized race
538 has had the race above 6 points since near the beginning of June and they now have it at 6.8 . Prior to the passing of a great progressive champion and heroine to many including me, I would have expected the final results to be a Biden win of between 6 and at most 8 points. However, Biden has a 3 in 4 probability of winning Pennsylvania according to 538. . What is far worse is that Biden is at 49.7% and up by 4.6% in Pennsylvania the average of polls. Furthermore, in the Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania combination, Trump didn’t put up great numbers or have amazing turnout there in 2016.
Sekrit Armee Sundai — Shawk and Greef
Do not “Troll” the Pootie Peeps Diaries. If you have health/behaviour issues with your pootie or woozle, feel free to bring it to the community. So tudai Ai am goin tu repeet alezzon frum almozt fur yeerz uhgo,wen we had suffurd a wurz shawk. *********************Attenshun kittehz --Diz haz bin a diffikult tyme fur mani ub r hoominz. Mozt ub dem r still in da furst staygez ub greef.
Trump's new Chant...Total disrespect for someone not even laid to rest. It's Fill that Seat !
The disrespect and lack of mourning period for an icon is enough to stir up a fuss. He has no mandate to appoint a supreme court justice to the bench breaking their rules 40 some odd days from an election. McConnell is going to pay a price for this low class move if the people of Kentucky make it happen. This appointment will lead to a violent outburst just 40 some odd days from an election. 23 hours of mourning before passing out her job description is not just low class, it is wrong.
A modest proposal for the debates.
By now, it is all too tragically clear how Trump intends to win the debates: a never ending stream of lies. Trump being Trump, he will deny it. The whole country will hear (or better yet, see) Trump lying exactly as Biden said he had. The best case scenario, though, is that Trump is dramatically and irrefutably exposed as the liar he is. Maybe he won’t tell the lie.
Experts agree: Biden, who will actually fight right-wing terrorism, is the one to keep us safer
The report has, over time, proven to be accurate in predicting the rise of right-wing and white supremacist terror. Only a few months after The Man Who Lost The Popular Vote was inaugurated, Johnson wrote a Washington Post column. “Now, right-wing terrorism has become the national security threat which many government leaders have yet to acknowledge.” He added that Trump has “placated white supremacists and anti-government extremists ... They’ve also been quoted in multiple media outlets describing the failings of the Trump administration to respond appropriately to the information their own experts in government have provided about the danger posed by white nationalist, right-wing terrorism. He rejects Trump’s approach to white supremacist extremism in every imaginable way—both in terms of tactics as well as rhetoric.
GA-Sen B: "Pro-Life" Doug Collins (R) Takes To Twitter To Celebrate Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Death
Rep. Doug Collins (R. GA)That is some disgustingly shameless pandering:x RIP to the more than 30 million innocent babies that have been murdered during the decades that Ruth Bader Ginsburg defended pro-abortion laws. Georgia representative Doug Collins, who is running to unseat fellow Republican Kelly Loeffler, tweeted his unvarnished message in the hours after Justice Ginsburg’s death. Collins has been rightfully getting shit for this:x Doug Collins is celebrating the death of a Supreme Court Justice. — Scott Dworkin (@funder) September 19, 2020 "Doug Collins is celebrating the death of a Supreme Court Justice. FYI, he’s against filling RBG’s seat before until after the election:x The best way to honor Justice Ginsburg is to let the voices of the people be heard.
But he's a rapist.
The current president is a known rapist. If you vote for him this November you are voting for a known rapist. I think there are some odd mental calculations that happen here that seem to drive sense out of people’s heads. In our current system, they get rewarded for bad behavior instead, and the president is emblematic of that type of backward reward system. If you vote for the current president this November you are voting for a known rapist.
Fincen Files provide insight into rotten 2tn US corruption abyss details about how money that powered the fentanyl drug ring and more than $2 trillion in other suspect funds sloshed around the globe are contained in a cache of secret financial records obtained by BuzzFeed News and shared with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. The files, known as suspicious activity reports, or SARs, provide a worldwide tour of crime, corruption and inequality, with starring roles played by politicians, oligarchs and honey-tongued swindlers, and crucial roles by the bankers who serve them all. The SARs show how the failure of banks and other financial institutions to thwart illicit money flows promotes criminality and suffering on a grand scale.
Steampunk Ladies: Street Prophets Sunday Coffee Hour
Welcome to Street Prophets Sunday Coffee Hour cleverly located at the intersection of religion and politics. Being a full time caregiver I am under an enormous amount of stress. I also love to color. I’m a huge fan of Steampunk. One of my color books is Steampunk Ladies.Here are some of my ladies.
Impotus would love to take back Fla's 26th Congressional District
The mayor, who has the impeached president’s endorsement, says his top priority would be cutting taxes to stimulate the economy. Because the six $trillion in tax cuts for billionaires and corporations has worked out so well for the tens of millions of Americans face eviction during a global pandemic. He also wants to gut the Affordable Care Act, which covers almost two million Floridians. The deadline to register online to vote is Monday, October 5th, and early voting starts October 19th.'s 26th Congressional District is a coin toss
AZ-Sen: NYT, "The winner of the AZ Senate race could be seated in time for a vote on a SCOTUS pick"
From The New York Times:If Mark Kelly, the Democratic nominee for Senate in Arizona, unseats Senator Martha McSally, a Republican who was appointed to her seat and began serving last year, he could be sworn in as early as Nov. 30 — possibly in time to vote on a new Supreme Court nominee, elections experts said. Hypothetically, that would narrow the Republicans’ 53-to-47 majority in the upper chamber, which may become relevant if a vote on a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was delayed until a lame-duck session after the election. The Arizona race is technically a special election. The state’s Republican governor appointed Ms. McSally to the seat after she was defeated by Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat, in a closely contested Senate race in 2018.
WANNABE DICTATOR Trump is Openly Inciting His Deplorables to Assault Journalists
He got hit on the knee with a canister of tear gas and he went down. x "He got hit on the knee with a canister of tear gas," President Trump says, of @AliVelshi, who was actually hit by a rubber bullet. — David Gura (@davidgura) September 19, 2020Like virtually every story that Trump tells, almost none of this one was truthful. Secondly, Velshi was hit by a rubber bullet, not a tear gas canister. x WATCH: @AliVelshi reports from Minneapolis as police fire tear gas toward protesters: “There has been no provocation ...
Why are our Democrats Reps noot screaming about Trump taking away Social Security & Medicare?
So many of Trump supporters receive Social Security & Medicare benefits. Trump promised his 2016 supporters that he would preserve those benefits. Many comments have been made here that Trump supporters are stupid, heartless racists. Social Security & Medicare are popular programs among all voters. Why aren’t our Democrat Reps & every D talking head screaming that true talking point at every opportunity?
Here’s Your Guide to Voting in Montana
A point of conversation is the Montana Senate race between Steve Bullock (D) and incumbent Steve Daines (R). This November, Steve Bullock (D) the current governor of Montana is attempting to unseat Republican Senator Steve Daines. Democratic Governor Steve Bullock faces Republican incumbent Steve DainesThis matchup will have the eyes of the nation upon it. It is difficult to predict black voter turnout because Montana does not report certain data. For the latest on voting in Montana or in any other state in the US, FiveThirtyEight has clear and accessible info.
“It was not the least of Hitler’s formidable powers that he knew how to drain his opponents (at least in continental Europe) of all hope. Their remarks reminded me how vital it is for those of us who oppose current economic, social, and political trends to sustain hope. The world was a dark place before Ruth Bader Ginsburg died; now we need hope like a breath of air to keep a candle lit. How can we of the “loyal opposition” (loyal to America, not Trump) dare to hope for a just, kind world in the face of such relentless arrogance? Committing violence is a sign of abandoning hope, which ironically, many on the fascist side have already done, even though most of them are living quite well.
Meanwhile, on Earth One...
From the beginning, the Hillary Clinton administration has been handicapped by the lack of enthusiasm from within the Democratic party, as well as unified opposition from the Right. The terrible coronavirus epidemic that broke out in February and March has also contributed to Clinton’s electoral woes. When cases first began cropping up in New York and Washington State, President Clinton immediately deployed the full force of the pandemic response plan developed by the previous administration. The resulting House GOP majority has thwarted any notions of a successful first-term agenda for Clinton. His early barrage against Jeb Bush has likely had the effect of driving that family into political oblivion once and for all.
American Progressive Movement: 1968-Present
1968: "Humphrey isn't progressive enough." 1972: "McGovern isn't progressive enough." 1980: "Carter isn't progressive enough." 2000: "Gore isn't progressive enough." 2020: “Biden isn’t progressive enough.”We’re on to you!
3 Polls Show That Americans Want Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat to be filled By The Next President
I wrote a diary yesterday to show that YouGov already came out with a poll that showed what Americans think about RBG’s Vacant SCOTUS seat. In it it showed that by a 9 point margin voters do not want her seat to be filled until after the next president is sworn in. The link to the poll could be found hereWell since the release of the YouGove poll, 2 new polls have been released by different pollsters. An SR poll that shows 52% to 41% of likely voters do not want Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat filled till after the election an 11% spread. here is the link here for that pollFinally a Reuters poll shows that 62% of americans do not want Ruth Bader Ginsburg seat filled till after the next president is sworn in.
Gap narrowing in Michigan. What can be done to help Biden win Michigan?
This is Biden in Michigan. He needs help to win there! He said that Biden needs help in Michigan because the gap is narrowing. What can be done to help them realize that they need to step it up in Michigan if they are going to win there? Thank you for your help!!
Anti-Fascist Anti-Capitalist Meetup: Inefficiencies in productivity
So much human talent, ingenuity, productivity and happiness is lost in a Capitalist economy, and the U.S. is an excellent, well, prime example. Well, he was born to a dentist and a psychiatrist, and Facebook was initially dreamed up and launched while attending Harvard. He was already in a select group of ‘lucky’ babies born into an above average socioeconomic environment. Job satisfaction is increased overall, which in turn increases productivity, creating a better economy, and more prosperity for all. Democracy can win and pull us from the brink of fascism, with a government representing more people, in a better way.
Music open thread: Requiem
x YouTube VideoHaydn’s Requiem inspired the infamous Requiem in D minor, K. 626, by Wolfgang Amadeus, son of the great Leopold Mozart. Unlike the Mass in C minor, K. 427, Wolfie had a good reason not to complete the K. 626: he died. Bruckner’s younger contemporary and supposed rival, Johannes Brahms, also wrote a Requiem, but in German, not Latin, Ein deustches Requiem, in memory of his mother. Brahms did a heck of a lot more to get Bruckner’s music played than Wagner ever did (a very low bar, by the way). x YouTube VideoMusic open thread question: which music of mourning most closely expresses your feelings of grief right now?
I NEED HELP IN ANSWERING 2 IMPORTANT QUESTONS regarding the appointment to fill RBG’s seat.
Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short told CNN Sunday morning said, the “Historical precedent is when your party’s in power, and the president nominates, consistently going back to George Washington, the party has continued to confirm those nominees … So I don’t think there’s hypocrisy.”He supported his conclusion with a statistic that of the 29 appointments to SCOTUS, 19 have been with both Senate and the President being from the same party, all passed. However, when the Senate and President were from different parties, 10 were introduced but only 1 passed. But that statistic does not show 2 important facts:How many of those 29 appointments were made in the last year of a president’s term? How many vacancies were in the last year of a president’s term and not pursued by the Senate or President?
DK Quilt Guild: Circles
DK Quilt Guild: A place for quilters to gather, share ideas, projects, and to make the world a better place, one quilt at a time. Join us and share your thoughts, projects, questions, and tips. Quilters here are at many different levels of skill. It is EASY if you're willing to take the chance. Diary Schedule09/27 — OPEN10/04 — OPEN10/11 — OPEN10/18 — winifred310/25 — OPENIt All Comes Around~Quilt by Karlun Bue LohrenzTail Chase~ Quilt by Renee SteinpressJapanese Zen Garden~ Quilt by Pam from Calif
NY Times: Trump wins 278-260 EV
This would be the outcome from current state polls if they were off in the same amount and direction as in 2016 . Now that is only one scenario, but is it that unlikely? Combine that with all the crazy variables in this election, high mail-in, no Dem rallies, no in person canvasing, new Supreme court opening, fake news etc. Nice articles about the possible results and problems with the Biden campaign: sense a lot of overconfidence and the need to dismiss people like Michael Moore who express concern. In my mind given all the variables and the unorthodox campaigning to me this is a close election until I see the actual vote counts after Nov 3 and Biden should be running as such.
The RBG battle will be lost. We need to win the war.
If Trump wins the election, his pick will be seated, even if the Dems win the Senate. If Trump loses the election but the Repubs hold the Senate, Mitch would still confirm. Let the Dems try to kill the filibuster and expand the Court. We need to be doing everything we can to ensure Trump and the Republican Senate gets turned out, then we can do what we need to do: exercise POWER. We need to stop learning the lesson that elections have consequences and start teaching that lesson.
Teachers, COVID-19 and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990.
This person has a chronic medical condition of which the school is unaware, because the disorder is treated and well controlled with prescription medication. None of this had any significance for this teacher’s job, before Covid-19 came along. But the medication, that keeps the problematic medical condition under control, also suppresses he patient’s immune system. But, the employer cannot retaliate against an employee for making a reasonable accommodation request, even if the request is unwarranted. But employers, who reject their employees’ reasonable accommodation requests, face gruesome perils of their own, because the ADA has real teeth in the hands of a capable attorney.
KosAbility: reminder of meeting next Sunday
Kosability is BY and FORPEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIEs;WHO LOVE SOMEONE WITH A DISABILITY; ORWHO WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE ISSUES. FEEL FREE TOCOMMENT ON THE DIARY TOPIC;ASK QUESTIONS OF THE DIARIST OR GENERALLY TO EVERYONE;SHARE SOMETHING YOU'VE LEARNED; ORgripe ABOUT YOUR SITUATION. At KosAbility we amicably discuss any and all matters pertaining to health. Our discussions are not medical advice. Medical advice can only be provided by a qualified physician who has examined the patient.
Biden Tied in Florida Congressional District Trump Won by 9 Points…St Pete Polls has released a survey showing Joe Biden is tied in Florida’s 18th Congressional District. Trump only won the state of Florida by 1.3% so any erosion of support could mean his defeat in this critical swing state. — Presidential contest: The poll showed Biden with 48.5% support and Trump with 48.2% inside CD 18. According to this poll by GQR Research (rated a “B” pollster) which was taken September 2-6, Biden and Trump are tied at 48% each. In 2016, Trump won the district by 10%, and it has a PVI of R +6.
Focus or Die: Duck the Distractions
We now have the worst president in our history. Against these undeniable threats to our future happiness, prosperity and even survival, we face incessant distractions from our supreme demagogue and his party. His stream-of-consciousness Twitter style and his party’s media savvy vomit distractions like chaff behind a Nazi fighter seeking to avoid our radar. From now until November 3, the highest need is profound and simple: focus on nothing other than the main chance. The choice to focus or die has never been clearer.
La Mesilla
Of all the little towns I visited or lived near, Mesilla, New Mexico, near the city of Las Cruces, was among the most interesting and welcoming. Mesilla was a stop for the Butterfield Stage Company and the last standing station is now a Mexican restaurant- La Posta. North of Mesilla there is a La Llorona Park along the Rio Grande, now dry during much of the year. Luminarias and Christmas creche on old courthouse, Mesilla, New Mexico,Grave of a bruja (witch), Mesilla, New Mexico. East edge of Mesilla plaza, Mesilla, New Mexico.
Understanding Their Organization
Beware, the Deadly EveningShadeI am not at my house this evening because of a birthday celebration. This will be an adventure in me getting used to a new keyboard and not having any bookmarks available. Music for Resistingx YouTube VideoMemaliciousnessSorry no memes today. I won’t have access to the collection until I get home. Ad(s) of the Dayx YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube Videox YouTube VideoEvening Shade appears every evening at 7:30PM Eastern (unless I get lazy).
Tributes to RBG in the Arts (Updated)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg (1933-2020) has been a favorite subject among artists who have portrayed her sharp visage in paintings, illustrations, drawings and sculpture. x We remember Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court. ?(Artwork by New Art) — MabuHI Pacific Expo & Summit (@MabuHIExpo) September 19, 2020x Ruth Bader Ginsburg for The New Republic. — Ruth Bader Ginsburg Here is a recent portrait I did of the great and honorable RBG. #RBG — Kaywin Feldman (@KaywinFeldman) September 19, 2020x Ruth Bader Ginsburg was opera’s “greatest advocate and our greatest spokesperson,” says a leading director.
only GOTV ensures any "Biden Blowout" and God will remain if Biden wins
xSomething we should prepare to ignore is Trump announcing himself the winner the night of the election. Those “results” are usually projections based on exit polls & with so many choosing to vote safely by mail, we may have to wait a few extra days. Accurate is better than fast.
IA-04: Holy effing crap! Selzer has Scholten only down five!
In all likelihood, Kim Reynolds’ coattails were the only thing that saved King's bacon; Reynolds carried IA-04 with 61 percent. Scholten was undaunted, and sought a rematch in 2020 even though he faced Trump atop the ballot. However, a lot of Very Smart People gave up Scholten for dead after King was dumped in the primary by Randy Feenstra. The real shocker is in IA-04, where it has Feenstra only up five points over Scholten, 49-44—well below the 7.5 percent margin of error. If Selzer says Scholten is only down five here, then Scholten is down five.
McConnell’s truly radical revision to a fundamental process
The stories appearing in the Times and Post, the talking heads on CNN, CBS and Fox, and the various online pundits have framed the pending deliberation on the nomination to the Supreme Court by Donald Trump in all but it’s most simple terms. It’s been called hypocrisy, the fulfillment of a conservative strategy, an outrage, and a power play. What I have yet to see or hear in the major media is the simplest, most accurate description of the initiative started by Senator McConnell and moved forward this afternoon by Senator Alexander, when he said, “No one should be surprised that a Republican Senate majority would vote on a Republican President’s Supreme Court nomination, even during a presidential election year.“The simple truth is that Senator McConnell is trying to change the process of advise and consent of nominations to the Supreme Court so that nominees will only get hearings and votes when the Senate and President are members of the same political party. It is that simple, and needs to be reported that way.
USAF Reserve SSgt from New Hampshire Dies in Kuwait
SSgt Ouellette served nearly six years in the Air Force Reserve. Ronald Ouellette and the 42nd Aerial Port Squadron in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ~ Col. Craig C. Peters, Commander 439th Airlift Wing Locally and online there has been an outpouring of support and condolences for the Ouellette family. Today, I join with all Granite Staters in paying tribute to Staff Sergeant Ouellette and offering condolences and support to his family. Staff Sergeant Ouellette served his country with honor and represented the best that our state has to offer.
The Blame Game: What Many “Conservatives” Think of “Liberals”
I am not aware of any liberals who have any such derogatory comments about my fallen comrades, POWS, or combat veterans. My question would be, “Whose history?” In reality, history is constantly being revised as new information and different perspectives emerge. Yes, history changes, and that is not a liberal thing nor necessarily bad. But unlike “conservatives,” who worry a lot about how other live, for the most part “liberals” are fine with whatever you choose to believe. He literally stated that “liberals hate animals,” and they “hate nature.” According to him, liberals personally blame all Trump voters for the COVID deaths that occurred.
WAYWO: In Honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg 1933--2020
is for all things hand-made, home-made, and creative in a variety of mediums. A few things I found on Ravelry yesterday honoring RBG — cowls and collars inspired by her trademark dissent collar. Ginsberg Legacy Collar (crochet) (free pattern)…Dissent Cowl (crochet) (not free, but in honor of Justice Ginsburg, the designer is donating 100% of sales to ACLU from now until election day)…Dissent Cowl (knit) (not free, but same designer is making same donation as for the crochet version above) RGB Sweater (knit) (not free) Are You Working On? ScheduleSeptember 27 — openOctober 4 — openOctober 11 — winifred3October 18 — openOctober 25 — openDo you knit? If you do anything 'crafty' please consider doing one of our Sunday afternoon/evening diaries.
James Longstreet Statue at the Gettysburg Battle Field
There is a statue of Longstreet on the Gettysburg battle field, which is now a national park. James Longstreet grew up in South Carolina and Georgia and in his last years lived in Gainesville, Georgia. According to the 1820 manuscript census, his father owned 24 enslaved Africans, but the local Longstreet Society claims James Longstreet never personally owned slaves. James Longstreet attended West Point where he was a classmate and friend of Ulysses S. Grant. But the statue of James Longstreet, who fought for justice for the formerly enslaved after the Civil War, should remain.
the real SARs: Suspicious Activity Reports
During the years that Al Zarooni was a Standard Chartered customer, Taliban militants staged violent attacks that killed civilians and soldiers. The banks mentioned in this story said they could not comment on specific transactions due to bank secrecy laws. By law, banks must file suspicious activity reports when they spot transactions that bear the hallmarks of money laundering or other financial misconduct, such as large, round-number transactions or payments between companies with no discernible business relationship. Those documents, along with a few additional SARs requested by federal law enforcement authorities, make up the majority of the FinCEN Files. (A source familiar with the matter told BuzzFeed News that FinCEN’s database did not contain SARs on either Trump or the Trump Organization.)
Match offer to fight Republican gerrymandering by turning the Texas state House BLUE in 2020!
In 2018, we flipped a whopping 12 state House seats from red to blue; this year, we must flip just 9 more districts to gain control of our House of Representatives! To help flip the Texas House to blue, a donor is offering to match donations to 18 Democratic candidates running in competitive state House districts, 4 of which are open after the scare we put into those Republican incumbents in 2018:x I'm all about Texas and democracy so I want to flip the Texas House to blue. Earlier this month, Daily Kos endorsed 10 of these Texas candidates to take back House: “Finally, there’s Texas. Democrats are currently nine seats away from the House majority — and growing confident in their chances of capturing the chamber. Here’s the list of all 18 candidates (with links to their campaign sites) who qualify for the match offer:
Kitchen Table Kibitzing September 20, 2020
KTKChangesThere’ll be some changes made:(The finest guitar duet ever.) Kitchen Table Kibitzing is a community series for those who wish to share a virtual kitchen table with other readers of Daily Kos who aren’t throwing pies at one another. Drop by to talk about music, your weather, your garden, or what you cooked for supper…. Newcomers may notice that many who post in this series already know one another to some degree, but we welcome guests at our kitchen table and hope to make some new friends as well. I just went out and discovered a huge black bird swimming in our lagoon.
Who will Trump fire when he loses
When Trump loses he will want to punish his perceived enemies before he leaves the White House and that could mean people getting fired. Trump has to blame someone when he loses the Election because how could he have lost? Because Trump is a malignant narcissist, he will need to strike out at anyone he perceives has cost him his deserved win. Of course he will make challenges in the courts but Trump takes defeat personally and will need to blame and hurt his “enemies”. I’ve had many thoughts on what Trump will do when he loses and before Biden takes office.
Call McConnell's bluff Now.
The Democrats in the Senate need to, quite simply, remove themselves from the Senate floor and refuse to return until McConnell acts on bills piled on his desk that do the people’s business, like providing aid during the pandemic. He’s let them sit since May and unless he starts doing the people’s business, the Democrats must refuse to participate in any votes, especially one on a Supreme Court appointment. It’s time to call McConnell’s bluff.
I'm Back to Fundraise. Please Help.
Well, with the death of one of my oldest heroes, I’m back in the game. Truth be told, win or lose, I’m probably not coming back. And so, once again, I’m doing what I’ve done in the past. I will match dollar for dollar any contributions to the Act Blue fundraising page I’ve made up until I’ve reached the limit. — Time is short, and I don’t do spamming, so if this falls off into oblivion, well, please don’t let that happen, okay?
Will Trump Nominate a Far Right Ideologue to Replace RBG? How will President Biden Respond?
The next day, Friday evening, for many of us during Rosh Hashanah services, we learned of the passing of Justice Ginsburg. Republican after Republican explained why the next president should have the opportunity to fill Supreme Court vacancies, not President Obama. Is it possible that Republican Senators will honor their commitment to allow the new president to fill Supreme Court vacancies? President Biden would upon passage of the legislation appoint four new Supreme Court justices. A number of anti-abortion cases are moving towards the Supreme Court.
One answer to "voting by mail is subject to fraud".
I have been voting by mail for most of my life since 1986. Now people flogging this view are not going to be changed in their delusion by anything you say about the facts of mail in voting. What is the GOP proposing to fix this for our troops?”This puts the “voting by mail is evil” Trump supporter on the ropes! They have an unhealthy support of anything military and fully support their voting by mail. more so for the service members from the urban areas.
AOC Throws down the Gauntlet!' Chuck schumer is sort of there
Chuck Schumer is my Senator but his delivery is terrible AOC threw down the gantlet“Nothing is off the table : Abolish the Filibuster, Statehood for DC and Puerto Rico Increase the judges . You are not going to shame Mitch McConnell Don’t waste your breath Nate silver Reports the Democrats have a sight chance of retaking the Senate Last Night was reported record fund raising (100 Million and counting)
5 ways to stop Repubs from filling that seat before election
It requires Dems to grow a strong spine. It requires rank and file Dems to stop excusing inaction by the Dem Old Guard. Last night AOC made a wonderful Instagram recording laying out what it takes to build the Democratic Spine. I’ve felt recently we we coming up on an Event Horizon on Nov. 3rd. But that Event Horizon arrived for us when RBG stepped over her personal Event Horizon.
Covid-19 Circles of Hell -- September 20
This is my weekly update chronicling all nations (plus US States and Canadian Provinces) with a population of 300,000+ as they progress thru the Covid-19 Circles of Hell — a log-based ranking system organized by cumulative fatality rates that includes all those who have reached at least Circle III (total of 10+ deaths per million population), along with those still in Circles I - II that have already recorded 100+ Covid-19 deaths. To recap how this table is organized:Total D/1M = Cumulative fatality rate from Covid-19 (deaths per 1 million)Total C/1M = Cumulative case rate from Covid-19 (confirmed cases per 1 million)Cur CFR = % of confirmed cases ending in death to date (Case Fatality Rate)7-Day D/1M = Weekly increase in fatality rate (deaths per 1 million)7-Day D%Inc = Weekly percentage increase in fatalities7-Day C/1M = Weekly increase in case rate (confirmed cases per 1 million)7-Day C%Inc = Weekly percentage increase in confirmed new casesBoldface = Highlighting particularly significant increases in weekly fatalities and/or new casesEng-Canada = Canada without QuebecCovid-19 Circles of Hell: Sep 14-20 Nation or State/Prov Total Deaths Total D/1M Total C/1M Cur CFR Circle of Hell 7-Day D/1M 7-Day D%Inc 7-Day C/1M 7-Day C%Inc World NJ NY MA CT LA RI Peru MS DC Belgium AZ MI QC IL Spain Bolivia Brazil MD Chile DE PA Ecuador GA SC FL USA UK Italy Sweden Mexico TX IN Panama AL NV France Colombia NM IA OH AR CA Netherlands Ireland MN VA CO N Macedonia TN NH MO Armenia NC Moldova Iran Argentina So Africa WA ND KY ID Canada OK Switzerland Bosnia Romania NE SD Honduras Montenegro Fr Guiana WI Iraq KS Luxembourg ON Dom Rep Portugal Bahamas PR Guatemala WV Oman Suriname Kyrgyzstan MT Costa Rica Israel UT Kuwait Russia Bahrain Saudi Arabia Albania El Salvador OR Eng-Canada Germany Bulgaria Denmark ME VT Paraguay Cabo Verde Turkey Kazakhstan Eswatini Austria Serbia HI WY Belarus Ukraine Guyana Qatar Hungary Slovenia NS Guadeloupe India Libya Djibouti AK Poland Finland Maldi
The Justice Dept on Netroots Radio Presents: "A Wound is a Self-Reporting Instrument"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Question: Who is your audience? What are you here for? Answer: Tribal Alliances, Heart-felt Convictions, Passionate Reason, Random Abandon, Sustainable Civility and a kiss; to comfort the sad and the mad Ones; the Ones roaming the International section of the American Supermarket at night; or roaming the neglected streets looking for an angry malaprop to sink their teeth into; the Ones who seek without seeking and learn as much as they teach; the Ones who embrace and kiss and embrace again; the Ones who sing the song of the city and the ballads of the forest; the Ones who chant the rhythm of the sea and hum the melody of the desert; the Ones who sing the prayer of Her name and Her name is the World. Yes, those are the Ones.
Voter Turnout in South Carolina is Incredibly Important to the 2020 Election
If we can increase voter turnout in 2020, we will have an opportunity to shock the world and turn South Carolina blue. The young voter participation in the South Carolina 2018 primaries was very encouraging, as 28% was the highest turnout percentage in decades. IMPORTANT VOTING INFORMATION FOR SOUTH CAROLINAIn order to enact change in South Carolina, voters must be aware of these important deadlines. Additionally, there will be some changes made to how the 2020 election is conducted in South Carolina. For the first time, South Carolina voters will receive a paper ballot to insert into the ballot device.
PWB Peeps Open Thread: Too Many Food Days
It is National Punch Day, National String Cheese Day, National Fried Rice Day, and Pepperoni Pizza Day! (Also Wife Appreciation Day, gee thanks folks)Sounds like comfort food night to me. PWBPeeps is a group that posts a daily diary and nightly open thread for animal lovers. Here are few not-too-onerous PWB rulesDo not “Troll” the Pootie Peeps Diaries. This is an open thread.
Pelosi Doesn’t Rule Out Using Impeachment To Stall SCOTUS Nomination…I have not seen this yet on Kos. Is this something we should push for? Does impeachment pre-empt other business?
Top Comments: Sunday Plain Brown Paper Wrapper Edition
Tonight mine is coming in a plain brown wrapper, like a pound of hamburger from the butcher shop. Make sure that you include the direct link to the comment (the URL), which is available by clicking on that comment's date/time. I had cataract surgery 3 weeks ago with the implantation of a Toric lens in my right eye. I need only minor correction in my right eye along with a huge bifocal. I only have 1 eye seeing up close, so….plain brown wrapper is the best I can do for tonight.
A visionary for civil rights, Justice Ginsberg was also a mom.
Dear fellow white suburban moms,Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wasn’t just an extraordinary visionary and strategist on civil rights. Anything to segregate us further and groom more anti-choice ideology “soldiers.” This fall, when the federal government refused to fund safety measures for public schools, they forced many parents to choose virtual learning for their kids. We’ve lost countless teachers who felt they couldn’t keep themselves and their families safe. If there are no teachers, there are no public schools. We can strive and work together to become the country and the people she believed we can be.
Overnight News Digest September 20, 2020
Editors of OND impart their own presentation styles and content choices, typically publishing each day near 12:00 AM Eastern Time. Welcome to the Overnight News Digest with a crew consisting of founder Magnifico, regular editors side pocket, maggiejean, Chitown Kev, Interceptor7, Magnifico, annetteboardman, Besame and jck. Britain's biggest bank moved the money through its US business to HSBC accounts in Hong Kong in 2013 and 2014. The overall number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi has now surpassed 230,000. NPRNew York City Delays School Reopening; Campus Lockdowns GrowMonday, Sept. 21, was supposed to mark the start of in-person classes for New York City's 1.1 million public school students.
IAN: September 21, 2020: M?nandæg Stories
At a rally, Donald Trump mispronounced the planet Mars and then *mispronounced his own name. * But Joe Biden - who during his town hall reeled off stuff about vaccine differences and farm regulations - is the guy with the mental acuity problems. (Itzl is the name of the dog in the picture.) We publishI also have many Doggie Storiesa diary here every day, just before midnight. If you would like to write a diary, let us know in a comment.
A Warrior For The Rights Of Us All
As far as I’m concerned, for many people the same final military honor rendered to troops, a bugler playing taps has been earned and should be rendered. Through the tears this weekend, I keep thinking Ruth Bader Ginsburg deserves that honor a helluva lot more than I do. However, I’m quite certain that even the taller and bigger guys in that room knew instinctively not to cross five foot tall Ruth Bader Ginsburg. That’s how I came to think of Ruth Bader Ginsburg over the years. Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be laid to rest alongside her husband at Arlington National Cemetery this week.
$485,400,545 is what Act Blue received in August of this year.
Had not seen this for August before, I can only imagine what September will look like.…Small-dollar donors smashed preconceptions of sleepy summer fundraising and made August the biggest month in ActBlue’s history by total dollars raised, number of contributions, and number of groups fundraising. More than 4 million unique donors gave 10,654,586 contributions on ActBlue in August, for a total of $485,400,545. With nearly half a billion dollars raised in one month, small-dollar donors also hit a major milestone on August 31: $3 billion raised on ActBlue in the 2019-2020 election cycle. One million donors gave for the first time in August.
How has America Performed in the Global Test of Covid19? 162K+ Deaths Could Have Been Saved
ET on 09/20/2020, the U.S. population has passed 330 million while the world population is approaching 7,683 million. As many news media have rightly pointed out, with only 4.3% of world population, America has accounted for 22.0% of the global cases and 20.8% of global deaths. However, Germany has reported 0.9% of cases and 1.0% of deaths in the global counts, amazingly close to its population being 1.1% of world population. However, the U.S. has the worst total score by far at 11.69 while the U.K. being the second worst at 7.49. Notably, even Mexico has performed better than the U.S. with total score of 6.94 and ranked 27th.
Portland Protests Continue With No End In Sight; More Conflict Ahead
Protests continue in Portland after almost 120 days; here’s a review of how we got here, the issues preventing their end and why more conflict appears inevitable. A police agency known for brutality, the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) attempted to end the protests violently, enabling new dissenters to swell protest numbers. Protests quickly took on a new shape however, moving out of the high-density commercial downtown district and into low-density, residential east Portland. More Conflict AheadProud Boys, a far-right organization, have scheduled an event in Portland occurring soon. x Proud Boys have announced an event to support Kyle Rittenhouse and Aaron Danielson in Portland, Oregon on September 26.
Let's dust ourselves off and pick up our flags.
We have lamented the will-o-wisp that we’d thought to be the end of this long dark tunnel. But now the week starts, and it is time to roll up our sleeves and prepare for whatever is coming. Of the “trump revolution” with mass arrests and deportations, and the lead up toa third world war where all the world united to face the American juggernaut? And we are all here, now, in the midst of a moment whose magnitude can’t even be fully defined yet. This is a big moment in history, there is chaos all around, and opportunities to make a difference will be fleeting and unpredictable.
For All Friends of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
After all we’ve been through this year, losing Ruth Bader Ginsburg felt like the bottom of possibility falling out. So we know we’re once again looking into the eyes of a force that is thrilled at our now compromised position. It’s time to realize our part in this saga and create a new platform from what RBG gifted us. Because now it’s time to start the work with our neighbors and our friends. It’s going to take a solidified effort of community that I have never understood quite so intensely as I do today.
Nobody told him
When the news broke that Ruth Bader Ginsberg had died, Trump was in the middle of a rally. So nobody told him. x Moments ago, President @realDonaldTrump reacted to the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:“She led an amazing life. Even his outsized ego knew that it was bad news for him that his people hadn’t told him. We all get to choose how we spend our spare time and our spare money over the next month and a half.
What the hell is Chuck Grassley tweeting about?
"Get off my lawn, dead pidgin!" Sorry for bad news — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 19, 2020x I assumed deer dead bc it was night and no carcas — ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) September 19, 2020x But in case of this pidgin i could actually pick up bird. — Khashoggi’s Ghost (@UROCKlive1) September 19, 2020x It's a sign from "God". — WoohooCindy (@WoohooCindy) September 19, 2020x Pigeon, DeerWho can tell the difference? Dear F*cking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trump and its boffo sequels Dear Pr*sident A**clown: 101 More Rude Letters to Donald Trump and Dear F*cking Moron: 101 More Letters to Donald Trump by Aldous J. Pennyfarthing are now available for a song!
Biden Completely Crushed it in Philly
Here’s the live stream:Will post video of complete speech when it’s available. So far, he is hitting it out of the park. Update: (partial excerpts)”The infection this President has unleashed on the country can be fatal.” ”Famously, Justice Ginsburg got along with some of the most conservative members of the court. I can not.” ”May god bless the United States of America, may god bless our troops, and may god bless Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”__________Update 2:55pm ET - The speech ended about five minutes ago. I was just as struck by that as by his powerful words.
RIP Cleo: You Will Always Be A Part of Me
Cleo sitting on top of the microwave at her "Command Post"I adopted Cleo in October 2001 from the Animal Humane Society. The only things Cleo did not like were going to the Veterinarian, riding in the car, and the vacuum cleaner. Cleo saw the Veterinarian on Sept 10, and she immediately noticed Cleo was not grooming herself well and that’s why I was finding clumps of hair. The Veterinarian said she was in a lot of pain and she was very sick and recommended I put Cleo to sleep. When I get in bed to take a nap or go to sleep I realize Cleo isn’t coming.
Trump claims Biden injecting performance enhancing drugs “in the ass” before the debates
xInteresting context on SCOTUS expansion via @danpfeiffer: The size of the court "has changed many times over the years. Congress made it 5 justices in 1801. They expanded it to 7 in 1807. The Court was increased to 10 in 1863."
American parents are realizing that Donald Trump is the reason their kids can't go back to school
Meanwhile, in other parts of the developed world, life for children is returning to normal as they head back to their in-person schools. A Gallup poll released on Aug. 3 showed a precipitous drop (of 20 points) in just two months among those who favored full, in-person learning in light of COVID-19. In late May and early June, a majority of 56% of K-12 parents wanted full-time in-person school this fall. There is one reason alone that this pandemic has grown beyond the capability of our schools to safely reopen. It has nothing to do with teachers, school district officials, or other parents, for that matter.
Confronted by his Supreme Court hypocrisy, Ted Cruz doesn’t even argue, just makes something new up
It’s a nice sentiment, a sideshow to obfuscate from the question being asked, and mostly self-serving as Cruz spent a good amount of time reminding the audience that he, Ted Cruz, presented in front of the Ginsburg Supreme Court numerous times. Finally, Stephanopoulos asks Cruz whether or not he would pledge that any viable Supreme Court justice candidate be at least a supporter of Roe v. Wade as settled law. SEN. TED CRUZ: Well, I don’t believe that’s the right question to ask. I have an entire chapter dedicated to how you should make Supreme Court nominations. It is time to win this election, abolish the filibuster, and expand the Supreme Court.
Hey Trump, I care about Israel, but my country is America
What Trump said about Israel is both deeply offensive and flat out incorrect. A wide array of American Jews have set him straight, including a couple of Senators. Of course, as a member of the Jewish community, I care about the safety and security of Jews as a whole. I’m talking about the country that I love above all others. I’m talking about the United States of America.
Is a poisonous gas in the atmosphere of Venus a signal of life on Earth's nearest neighbor?
Scientists have long known that the upper atmosphere of Venus doesn’t have the problems found at the surface. So if the gas only comes from the action of living bacteria, and it’s present in the atmosphere of Venus … life on Venus? Its presence in Venus’ atmosphere would seem to require an entire floating ecology and … what does that look like? A balloon it released into Venus’ atmosphere relayed data back for nearly two days. And, strangely enough, that’s one way that bacteria might have already gotten into the atmosphere of Venus: Maybe we did it.
It's propaganda, not hypocrisy: Republicans use lying as primary governing technique
The practitioners claim some bold new notion of how the world should work, and it is an absolute, baldfaced, bullshit-laden public lie. The movement is devoted to lying as governing principle. It is propaganda intended purely to discredit protestors, and better facilitate state and militia violence against them. The sitting attorney general, the president's odd private lawyer—the only through line is relentless lying to the public about everything, all the time, for power. The party is a propaganda movement devoted only to self-preservation.
Team Trump's pandemic response is now a worldwide embarrassment
By comparison, even China's "good job" rating is 38%, well over double the U.S. score. No matter how much Trump himself whines and yells, across the regions of the world that have largely brought the pandemic under control we are deemed to have handled the pandemic worse than China. And that's not a surprise, given that our outbreak is now worse than any of those others—and is still growing. Trump's bumbling COVID-19 response, now thought to be the cause of at least a solid majority of the 200,000 American deaths from the virus, is only one factor in overall world views toward the United States. Well, actually nobody's laughing, there's 200,000 Americans dead and in the ground right now and, still, the only pandemic "plans" coming out all members of Republican leadership combined ended up abandoned because they left it to Jared Kushner, and Jared Kushner got bored.
Nuts & Bolts: Inside a Democratic campaign—persuasion, turnout, or both?
Mobilization of your own base mattersIn 2016, roughly 43% of eligible voters did not vote in the presidential election. Mobilization messages are about the voters, since democratic-leaning mobilizable voters would vote for our candidate in large numbers if they came out. Can persuasion work? One commonly offered explanation for these small effects is heterogeneity: Persuasion may only work well in specific circumstances. These small effects, however, do not mask substantial heterogeneity even where theory from political science suggests that we should find it.
New mural honors Ruth Bader Ginsburg blocks from the White House and Black Lives Matter Plaza
It feels like public mourning flooded the nation when we learned that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday. People flocked to social media to share their thanks for her decades of relentless work; though she’s undoubtedly a feminist icon and pioneer for women’s rights and equality, Ginsburg’s work did not only benefit women, but everyone. In Washington, D.C., for example, people left flowers and handmade signs at a popular mural of the late justice that went up back in 2019. While people were gathering there and outside the Supreme Court, however, artists were creating a whole new mural in her honor. This one is located just one block away from the Black Lives Matter Plaza, which is only a few blocks from the White House.
Sunday Night Owls. Mayer: Mitch moves his own strings, and he'll dump anybody to preserve his power
As a former Trump White House official told me, “McConnell’s been telling our donors that when R.B.G. He’s saying it’s our October surprise.” But now that the moment is here, the calculation isn’t quite so simple. It’s entirely possible that the same scenario will play out again this November, with Trump and McConnell offering another enticing gift to evangelicals. But right now, the question is, the first question is, are we doing the right thing? Whatever the ultimate number, McChrystal stated in the assessment that the next 12 months is crucial.
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Big Banks Let Criminals Move Dirty Money Around the Globe
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Lawyers' Committee for 9/11 Inquiry - 2020 Anniversary Event
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Adding Fuel To The "Defund The Police" Fire
(Image by Los Angeles Sheriff's Department) Details DMCA- LA Sheriff Alex VillanuevaThe police are entrusted with broad powers which give them the authority they need to enforce the law. Last Friday night, deputies from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department clearly failed to meet these expectations. They were faced by an equal number of sheriff's deputies, one of whom was pointing a weapon at them. Though no illegal activity is apparent in the video, deputies "issued a dispersal order for the unlawful assembly". Other deputies shot an 18-year-old security guard five times in the back.
Article: Winter Trees
Some people hate the sight of winter trees,once garbed in green, their beauty long departed. With every gust of wind they sway,their leaves fall off and drift away. No balm in that to heal the broken hearted. But take on faith that which you cannot see,and know there's surging life within that tree,a cornucopia of fare, of fig and berry, peach and pearof buds and blooms and fine perfumesNext Page 1 | 2(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).
New Rules May Allow Australian Police to Detain "Conspiracy Theorists"
The Australian state is rolling out increasingly fascistic laws, when will people finally say enough is enough? ew rules passing in the Australian state of Victoria could see "conspiracy theorists" and those "suspected by health authorities of being likely to spread the virus" detained in quarantine centres, according to The AgeThe rules are amendments being added to the Omnibus (Emergency Measures) Bill, which was first passed back in April. The proposed detention would last "for the period reasonably necessary to eliminate or reduce a serious risk to public health". Legislation with this kind of vague verbiage is always a red flag, but then Victoria is currently over-flowing with warning signs of this kind. And yet, among other highly authoritarian regulations in place, Victoria currently has:
Minor Successes and the Coronavirus Disaster -- Is Trump a Dead Duck?
Overall, Joe Biden leads Donald Trump 50 to 43 percent, a margin that has continued to increase since January. It is also considerably wider than the few points lead Hillary Clinton had over Trump four years ago. In the industrial states of Michigan and Pennsylvania, which Trump in 2016 won by razor thin margins, he is losing by over 4 percent. Trump was not doing so badly until the coronavirus struck and during the course of his news conferences he displayed an uncaring persona larded with incompetence. If Mr. Trump was crowing about the agreement signed on September 15, although it is akin to someone signing an agreement with Puerto Rico while the United States remains aloof.
Ginsburg is gone. What now?
By: G.A.AbbaThe Supreme Court will never be the same without the irreplaceable Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. For quite some time the number of Judges in the US Supreme court that held liberal views (Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonya Sotomoyar, Elena Kagan. The Democrats, hoping that they will win the coming elections, are demanding that the successor to Ginsburg on the Supreme Court be appointed after the election. Justice Scalia died on February 13, 2016 when Democrat Barack Obama was still president. Justice Kennedy announced his imminent retirement at the end of June 2018 Trump, on July 9 nominated Brett Kavanaugh to succeed him.
No One Is Born Blue
Thin Blue Line(Image by Tony Webster) Details DMCANo One is Born BlueLet's be very clear: there is no such thing as a "Blue Life." People are not born blue. Yet when Americans chant "Blue Lives Matter" they are saying that there is no difference between being a police officer and being Black. Blue Lives Matter. Blue Lives Matter is the retort that allows us to pretend that we occupy the moral high ground.
Supreme Court: Playing for Time vs. Advise and Consent
"The American people," US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said in 2016, "should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice. Now, with the death of Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, McConnell's political tune shifts its main melody to those other excuses. In what universe do dying (or retiring) Supreme Court justices get to dictate the terms of their replacement? The first Supreme Court justice, John Jay, was nominated by President George Washington on September 24, 1789. These days, far more is both knowable and known about prospective Supreme Court nominees well in advance of their nominations.
WWII was not fought to save anyone from death camps
DMCABy David Swanson, excerpted from Leaving World War II Behind. There would be old photographs of posters with Uncle Sam pointing his finger, saying "I want you to save the Jews!" So, right away we're faced with the problem that the most popular justification for WWII wasn't invented until after WWII. [ii]The policy of Nazi Germany for years was to pursue the expulsion of the Jews, not their murder. "[vi]The problem at Évian was, sadly, not ignorance of the Nazi agenda, but failure to prioritize preventing it.
[rewind] Filmmakers Behind "RBG" on Justice Ginsburg's Life and Legacy
Note: With the tragic passing of feminist and progressive icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we highlight here a May 2018 conversation between Robert Scheer and the filmmakers of the excellent documentary on her life, "RBG." Details DMCAThe documentary filmmakers discuss their film "RBG" on the life and career of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. While Justice Ginsburg did not grant access to filmmakers Betsy West and Julie Cohen right away, eventually she allowed them an intimate look at her life and her career-long fight for equal rights. And the filmmakers tell Scheer that Ginsburg's earlier legal career with ACLU involved a gradual but shrewd strategy to obtain equal rights for women under the law. CreditsHost:Robert ScheerProducers:Joshua Scheer, Rebecca MooneyTRANSCRIPTRobert Scheer: Hi, this is Robert Scheer with another edition of Scheer Intelligence, where the intelligence comes from my guests.
Thank You, Ruth Bader Ginsberg
I'm so grateful for Ruth Bader Ginsberg, and all she did for us. RBG changed that, and I'm grateful. It's my first foray into this medium, and it is lots harder than painting a portrait in oils or acrylics! Maybe I'll call it "Notorious"...or maybe "I Dissent" (this is her dissent collar.) She has not abandoned us, and I expect she is quite possibly able to be more effective from her current location.
The U.S. Nuclear Presence in Western Europe, 1954-1962, Part II
It may not be reproduced in any form without permission or license from the source. The deployments, begun in part as a deterrent against East-West conflict, involved the assignment of hundreds and then thousands of nuclear weapons, and currently some 150 weapons, to NATO allies. To prevent unauthorized use of the weapons, since the 1960s they have been safeguarded with Permissive Action Links (PALs). If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership. STAY IN THE KNOWIf you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
On Roosevelt and Stalin: What Revisionist Historians Want Us to Forget
Churchill, Roosevelt, and Stalin at Yalta Conference. There is a consequence to this which can only lead to further disunity, to further conflict, to further war. A Meeting of MindsThe Tehran conference (Nov 28 - Dec 1, 1943) was the first time that Roosevelt and Stalin met in person. It was a historic meeting of the two most important leaders of the Allies that would shape the outcome of WWII. This was especially the case within the State Department career officers who were against FDR's recognition of the Soviet Union in 1933, and thus antagonism to him and his policies were pervasive (1).
Issue Murder Indictment of George W. Bush
Nuremberg At the Dawn of the 21st Century The Crime of Aggression(Image by Details DMCALaunching a War of Aggression is the Supreme Crime Against Humanity as established at Nuremberg by United States Chief Prosecutor Justice Robert H. Jackson ["if certain acts of violation of treaties are crimes, they are crimes whether the United States does them or whether Germany does them and we are not prepared to lay down a rule of criminal conduct against others, which we would not be willing to have invoked against us"] and when George W. Bush attacked and invaded Iraq without securing a new war resolution as required, from the United Nations Security Council [a signed Treaty], his invasion, occupation, and everything that followed became a War of Aggression, totally illegal and immoral from the very first day - Issue Murder Indictment of George W. Bush
Worst Since Slavery
There was a sign, clearly violating my constitutional rights, telling me I could not go over 45 miles an hour. I have the constitutional right to turn when I want to. How dare they violate my waistline's constitutional right to be unfettered. How dare they tell our beloved corporate persons that they can't dump their toxic waste in the rivers we drink from? Here's how that thinking might work:I should have the right to drive at 100 miles and hour.
Eight Very Specific Things Senate Democrats Can Do to Muck up Trump's SCOTUS Bum Rus
The universal consensus on Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's speed rush to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat is that Senate Democrats can do nothing to stop it. The operative word here to muck up Trump and McConnell's confirmation scheme is time, time, and more time. Let's start with the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and then work back. The 10 Senate Democrats on the committee can trot out the Senate committee rules book and cite the section that says the committee must have nine members and two members of the minority party i.e. Senate Democrats on the committee can invoke the rule and stay away at least for the start of the hearings.
Evangelical Christians don’t care about endangered GOP senators as long as they get their SCOTUS replacement: report
With Senate Republicans led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) determined to ram through an appointment before they possibly lose control of the chamber, some GOP lawmakers are looking at a vote for the replacement as a possible last act in office. According to the Times, evangelicals are giddy at the prospect of filling another seat with a conservative hardliner and they are planning an all-out media blitz and lobbying effort to get what they want. “The prospect of a rushed confirmation, however, is unnerving to some Republicans who fear it would endanger senators in tight races, like Susan Collins of Maine and Cory Gardner of Colorado. But Ms. Dannenfelser said that considerations over individual campaigns should be set aside in pursuit of the larger and more important goal of seating Mr. Trump’s nominee,” the Times reports. “It doesn’t matter — any of the political calculations — none of that matters,” she explained.
A Tsunami of Republicans fed up with Trump's lies and excesses mounting wave to take back their party
She joins a growing list of former Trump officials, including national security advisor John Bolton and former secretary of defense Jim Mattis, who declared Trump "unfit to be president." At the Democratic presidential nominating convention this year, it seemed like more Republicans spoke than Democrats. Because they have put America above party and decided that Trump is a danger to the nation, to democracy and mankind. Former Homeland Security Official Taylor says Trump "has governed by whim, calculation and self-interests." He adds:"The president has tried to turn DHS, the nation's largest law enforcement agency, into a tool used for his political benefit.
A lesson in power: Charges of Republican hypocrisy are insufficient to change the course of RBG’s replacement
An important thing to remember though, is that these beliefs are only used by the Republican Party because they have these ideological features. It would be easy to say that rank-and-file Republican voters are pawns or dupes in this scenario. But this sells short the psychological wages that rank-and-file Republican voters get when their side obtains power. Charges of hypocrisy are insufficient to change the course of the RBG’s replacement or, in fact, in other Republican attempt to race-bait, disenfranchise voters, or increase the wealth of the affluent. There is one thing that is that is for sure: Democrats will not win political power through accusations of Republican hypocrisy.
Trump is headed for a ‘Biden blowout’ in November: political analyst
Based upon the most recent polling, Donald Trump will not only lose in November but will be blown out by Democratic challenger Joe Biden, according to CNN polling analyst Harry Enten. As he wrote, “The Trump campaign has made a significant investment into turning Minnesota red, after Trump lost it by 1.5 points in 2016. Biden has leads of somewhere between five and eight points in a number of states Trump won four years ago: Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Wins in any of those states by Biden could push his Electoral College tally up to about 340 electoral votes or higher, depending on which states Biden wins. Biden’s chance of taking 400 electoral votes is pretty much the same of Trump winning.”
Our ‘firenado’ of a president
It was August 2017 and Donald Trump had not yet warmed up to Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s portly dictator. Two years later, amid so many other threatening phrases from this president, “fire and fury” has, however, been left in history’s dustbin, largely forgotten by the world. In an all-too-literal fashion, The Donald is indeed proving to be history’s “fire and fury” president. Even in 2016, it should have been obvious enough that a vote for Donald Trump was a vote for the apocalypse. In his own fashion, he’s also been a man of his word.
Team Trump’s pandemic response is now a worldwide embarrassment
A new Pew Research Center poll shows an unfortunate truth of the Trump pandemic era: Across the world, other nations are all in agreement that the United States’ COVID-19 response—to use the technical term here—suuuuuuucks. And 85% think the United States has not done a good job. No matter how much Trump himself whines and yells, across the regions of the world that have largely brought the pandemic under control we are deemed to have handled the pandemic worse than China. And that’s not a surprise, given that our outbreak is now worse than any of those others—and is still growing. Trump’s bumbling COVID-19 response, now thought to be the cause of at least a solid majority of the 200,000 American deaths from the virus, is only one factor in overall world views toward the United States.
Casualties of “herd immunity”: Three new teacher deaths in one week as US schools reopen
Casualties of “herd immunity”: Three new teacher deaths in one week as US schools reopenBy Genevieve Leigh19 September 2020As school districts across the US push forward with in-person learning in K-12 schools, the death toll of teachers and other educators from COVID-19 continues to rise. My favorite memory is her yearly dress-up for Oktoberfest.”Brown County has seen a surge in the number of positive cases in September. In the last seven days, 837 positive cases were reported out of 3,429 people tested, for a 24.4 percent positive rate. The two-week positive rate is 24.7 percent, with 1,463 positive cases out of 5,919 people tested. Choi reported that State Schools Superintendent Christina Kishimoto admitted that DoH contact tracers took days to respond to the Dole cases.
Miss Manners: Why doesn’t my friend like my posts?
I feel very foolish continuing to like my friend's posts while receiving nothing in response, so I have totally stopped. If you want to know how your real-life friend really feels about you, Miss Manners recommends making a real-life personal overture. ADDear Miss Manners: I sent my godson a card with a gift of money for his 17th birthday. New Miss Manners columns are posted Monday through Saturday on You can send questions to Miss Manners at her website,
Ask Amy: Scorned husband needs a dose of cordial
Here's my issue: I don't want her husband at smaller family gatherings like a baptism, grandchildren's birthday parties, etc. I can handle the large events (where there would be plenty of people and space), but not the smaller ones. I realize that to give the kids an ultimatum ("him or me") is not fair to them either. I often suggest “cordiality” in this space because I believe that this is a concept that Americans don’t easily grasp. His wife doesn't like to get involved because she also fears being cut off.
Carolyn Hax: A couple’s thoughts about 401(k) don’t match
I am no longer willing to put off life for a future that may never happen. ADMy husband says I'm overreacting and need therapy to deal with my "residual trauma" rather than "derailing our lives." AD— Don't Want to Put Life on HoldDon’t Want to Put Life on Hold: I really don’t like the implications of your husband’s “you’re overreacting and need therapy” response. ADAnd if he sticks to the therapy line, then say you’d like to go to therapy with him. Re: On Hold: Here's hoping he doesn't double down on "overreacting and need therapy."
Live updates: CDC acknowledges coronavirus often spreads through aerosols
Updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledges that the coronavirus is commonly spread through aerosols that hover in the air, as many medical experts have argued since the spring. The CDC’s website previously stated that the virus primarily spreads between people who come into close contact — meaning within roughly six feet — and is transmitted “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.” The revised guidance notes that the virus can additionally be spread by means of “small particles, such as those in aerosols” that linger in the air, and that breathing and singing can also lead to transmission. “These particles can be inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs and cause infection,” the guidance says. “This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”The changes, which appeared Friday but were first highlighted by CNN on Sunday, point to “growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet” and cite choir practices, restaurants and fitness classes as potential danger zones. The update also warns that indoor spaces without good ventilation increase the risk of transmission, a change that carries significant implications for reopening schools, as many scientists pointed out on social media Sunday.
Emmys review: A few gaffes might have improved things
The first hour of the telecast went completely to “Schitt’s,” which won everything — including best comedy series. ADADIn the drama categories, HBO’s “Succession” won best series. The show’s Jeremy Strong won best actor and Zendaya, the star of HBO’s “Euphoria,” won best actress. Kimmel opened the show telling jokes to what appeared to be a star-studded audience (using old clips from past shows). Eugene Levy won best actor for the series, which he co-created with his son, Daniel Levy.
The 2020 Emmys: Here is what an awards show looks like during a pandemic
From the Sun to distant planets to galaxy clusters and more. Images from our solar system and beyond.
Live updates: CDC acknowledges coronavirus often spreads through aerosols
Updated guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledges that the coronavirus is commonly spread through aerosols that hover in the air, as many medical experts have argued since the spring. The CDC’s Web page previously stated that the virus primarily spreads between people who come into close contact — meaning within roughly six feet — and is transmitted “through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.” The revised guidance notes that the virus can additionally be spread by means of “small particles, such as those in aerosols” that linger in the air, and that breathing and singing can also lead to transmission. “These particles can be inhaled into the nose, mouth, airways, and lungs and cause infection,” the guidance says. “This is thought to be the main way the virus spreads.”The changes, which appeared Friday but were first highlighted by CNN on Sunday, point to “growing evidence that droplets and airborne particles can remain suspended in the air and be breathed in by others, and travel distances beyond 6 feet” and single out choir practices, restaurants and fitness classes as potential danger zones. The update also warns that indoor spaces without good ventilation increase the risk of transmission, a change that carries significant implications for reopening schools, as many scientists pointed out on social media on Sunday.
Room Rater Twitter account rates the rooms at the Emmys
(CNN) Sunday night marked the first time the Emmy Awards went virtual and until red carpets make a comeback, all eyes are on backgrounds. That's why CNN enlisted the help of Claude Taylor and Jessie Bahrey, the duo behind the popular and endlessly entertaining Twitter account @ratemyskyperoom, to share their thoughts on celebrity set-ups during the Emmys. Below, Taylor and Bahrey share their thoughts on everything from the lavish party thrown by the Emmy-dominating cast of "Schitt's Creek" to Regina King's powerful messaging. "Schitt's Creek"Eugene Levy accepts the outstanding lead actor in a comedy series award for "Schitt's Creek." The Roses are winning all the points.
The most relatable moments of the Emmy Awards
(CNN) Holding an award show in the middle of a global pandemic is a tall order. Still, the show managed to capture a few moments that seemed honest and wholly human. Everyday heroes as presentersCindy Marcelin, essential worker and U.S. history teacher, presents the award for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. (The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)Doctors, teachers and hosts of real-life heroes were spotlighted on Emmy night, with many acting as presenters. During a year in which so much is being put on their shoulders, their inclusion in the ceremony felt fitting and appropriate.
Anthony Davis Delivers in the Moment He Wanted with Los Angeles Lakers
It was Davis who had stabilized the Los Angeles Lakers after the Denver Nuggets erased a 16-point lead in the second half. Rondo called it the biggest shot of Davis' career, and Davis agreed. That time, Davis missed an open three from the same spot that would have given the Lakers the win. "Those two carried each other throughout the game," Vogel said, and on Sunday, it was James early and Davis late. James scored 20 points in the first half but shot just 2-of-9 in the second half, while Davis scored 22 of his 31 points after the break.
This is now the biggest cannabis company in the world
San Francisco (CNN Business) The pandemic has dealt a blow to corporate dealmaking, but one company that you've probably never heard of has been on a buying binge. ??Curaleaf Holdings CURLF , a Massachusetts company that grows, processes and sells cannabis through dispensaries in 18 states, last week bought the Chicago cannabis cultivator and retailer Grassroots for $830 million. That makes Curaleaf the biggest cannabis company globally by sales, with expected annual revenue of about $1 billion, executive chairman Boris Jordan told CNN Business. During the pandemic, the amount and value of M&A deals across all industries have plunged. Yet, in the past year, Curaleaf has snapped up 15 companies -- mostly smaller, established operators in states such as Colorado, Florida and Arizona.
You can now buy shoes from DSW while grocery shopping at some Hy-Vee locations
New York (CNN) Shoppers walking into select Hy-Vee grocery stores can now pick up a new pair of shoes in addition to their eggs, milk and bread. Shoe retailer DSW, which has more than 500 stores nationwide, is opening 1,200 square foot mini shops inside the regional grocery store chain. It's the latest example of retailers adding locations in or near grocery stores to reach consumers where they are shopping the most. Last year, Kohl's piloted an Aldi grocery store inside one of its department stores. Shoppers will see the DSW shop, which will be stocked with 3,000 to 4,000 pairs of branded shoes, at the front when they enter a Hy-Vee store.
These states are voting on cannabis legalization this November
As it stands now, 33 states have legalized medical cannabis, and of those, 11 states have legalized cannabis for adult recreational use. ArizonaFour years ago, residents in the Grand Canyon State narrowly defeated an initiative to legalize recreational cannabis. Harvest is one of the largest cannabis companies in the United States and a large financial contributor of efforts to legalize recreational cannabis in Arizona. A ballot initiative to legalize recreational cannabis is going before New Jersey voters this November. South DakotaUsually states have legal medical cannabis programs in place before adopting recreational cannabis laws.
Martha Stewart launches CBD line in crowded market
San Francisco (CNN Business) Martha Stewart, OG of lifestyle branding, is now the latest celebrity with a CBD line. The hemp-derived, cannabidiol-rich gummies, soft gels and oil drops officially launched on Thursday after more than a year in development. The initial Martha Stewart CBD products, which range from $34.99 to $44.99, will be sold online at Canopy's e-commerce site . Martha Stewart is launching her first-ever line of CBD products. The hemp-derived soft gels, oils and gummies were inspired by Stewart's kitchen and garden.
Weed vending machines debut in Colorado
(CNN Business) You can now buy weed out of a vending machine at certain dispensaries in Colorado, America's oldest market for recreational cannabis. A startup called Anna -- a play on the word "analytics" -- has begun deploying high-tech, self-checkout cannabis kiosks at select dispensaries in the state. The machines can hold more than 2,000 products that include cannabis flower, edibles, infused beverages, balms and vape oils. The machines are ideal for the shopper who knows what they want and doesn't want to wait in potentially long lines, the company says. Those designations and rule changes have kept sales flowing in the cannabis industry.
Why CBD products are getting cheaper
CBD products have gotten cheaper, and it looks like they'll stay that way. However, the price drops across the industry will weigh down the overall value growth of the market, Brightfield said. The tincture dropper bottle of CBD oil that ran about $80 on average and sometimes upward of $100 is now selling for about $40 to $45 a bottle, Gomez, whose group conducted the CBD market research, said. The agency's steps toward developing a regulatory framework have included hearing public comment, seeking research and conducting tests on CBD products. Brightfield now anticipates hemp-derived CBD to be a $16.8 billion industry by 2025, down from expectations of nearly $24 billion.
Miami-Dade police captain and father of NFL player killed in car crash
(CNN) Miami-Dade Police Department Captain Tyrone White was killed in an off-duty car crash on Sunday, the department announced Sunday evening. White, who is the father of NFL running back James White of the New England Patriots, was pronounced dead on the scene. Shortly before the Patriots game Sunday night, James White was listed as inactive for his team's game against the Seattle Seahawks. James White wears No. James White's former teammate Tom Brady was among many in the NFL community who expressed their condolences to the White family.
How to relieve dry eyes, according to experts and eye doctors
Cue dry eyes. Once heated in the microwave, it stays warm for the allotted time it’s to be worn for dry eye relief. “They can limit the amount of light and airflow that can irritate the eyeballs,” said Silani, ultimately worsening dry eye symptoms. The best in-office treatments for dry eyesPrescription eye dropsThe most widely used prescription drops for chronic dry eyes are Restasis, Xiidra, and Cequa. Personalized heat expression (TearCare)This office-based procedure addresses MGD, the condition behind the majority of dry eye disease cases.
It's not just groceries. Why clothing is important to Walmart
New York (CNN) Walmart is known for its massive superstores that sell everything from groceries to electronics. So Walmart in recent years has been building out its clothing and home goods' offerings. Target TGT Clothing makes up less than a tenth of Walmart's sales, compared to around 20% at, according to filings. So Walmart hopes that when customers come into stores to buy groceries, they'll also pick up new shoes or jeans. Amazon AMZN Costco COST Rivals have also had success with their own private-label clothing brands, including Target,and evenMore recently, Walmart made its first foray into the clothing resale market through a collaboration with ThredUp that would add fashion brands not sold at Walmart such as Coach, Nike, Calvin Klein and Michael Kors.
The 2020 Emmy Awards Were A Virtual Delight
ABC via Getty Images Jimmy Kimmel hosted this year's Emmy Awards amid the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing guidelines. However, on Sunday night, we were given the 2020 Emmy Awards, an evening that not only celebrated the TV series that got us through this wretched year, but also championed diversity, inclusivity and originality. Deemed “The Pand-Emmys” by lackluster host Jimmy Kimmel, this year’s Emmys were like no other. Image Group LA via Getty Images Jennifer Aniston and Jimmy Kimmel at the 72nd Emmy Awards. when you lose the emmy — ramy youssef (@ramy) September 21, 2020
Michael Cohen Recalls Racist Remark Trump Made As They Drove In A Black Neighborhood
Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, claims that his ex-client has been overtly racist on numerous occasions. “He goes, ‘No, only the Blacks could live this way.’” Cohen also discussed what he characterized as “the hatred” Trump felt for former President Barack Obama. So much so, he said, that Trump hired an Obama impersonator to participate in an Obama-bashing video that was supposed to be released to the public. In 2013, shortly after the country’s anti-apartheid leader and former President Nelson Mandela died, Trump “asked me if I had known of any country that’s run by a Black that’s not an shithole,” according to Cohen. ASSOCIATED PRESS Michael Cohen, shown here in May, is making the rounds promoting his new book, “Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J.
Emmy Show Reinvents Itself, but Keeps the Stale Parts
Unfortunately, she was only shooting foam at a prop envelope in an endless coronavirus routine. She couldn’t put out the dumpster fire that was going on all around her at the Staples Center on Sunday night. That may be true, but the Emmys show continued its trend of feeling out of tune with the way most of us watch TV. Once a year, it gives us that old feeling of being trapped inside a very small box. The opportunity to see how and where the nominees presented themselves — living room or scenic vista?
Russell Wilson throws for 5 TDs and Seahawks close out Patriots with goal-line stop
He had 397 passing yards, including eight completions for 179 yards to wide receiver Julian Edelman. Cam Newton scored his second rushing touchdown, from one-yard away, after a 33-yard completion to wide receiver Julian Edelman. Dunbar cut in front of Patriots wide receiver Damiere Byrd to make the grab. (Patriots 7, Seahawks 7 with 37 seconds left in the 1st quarter) By Mark MaskeWilson-to-Lockett touchdown pulls Seahawks even The Seahawks drew even on a four-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to wide receiver Tyler Lockett. (Patriots 7, Seahawks 7 with 8:12 left in the 1st quarter) By Mark Maske
Amy Coney Barrett, potential Supreme Court nominee, wrote influential ruling on campus sexual assault
About 600 lawsuits have been filed challenging decisions in campus sexual assault cases since 2011, of which about 30 have gone to federal appeals courts, said K.C. ADThat group had posted on its Facebook page a Washington Post column headlined: “Alcohol isn’t the cause of campus sexual assault. The Supreme Court has not ruled on a Title IX campus sexual assault case in the past decade, experts said. Advocates for sexual assault victims said the guidance was a necessary step toward addressing colleges’ long-standing neglect of victims’ rights. But she added that many judges have been concerned about the way universities have handled students accused of sexual assault.
Solomon Islands: Briton and Australian mapping unexploded bombs killed in blast
(CNN) A British man and his Australian colleague who worked for an non-governmental organization that mapped unexploded ordnance have been killed in an explosion in the Solomon Islands . The charity is working with the Solomon Islands police force's bomb disposal team to develop a database mapping unexploded ordnance from the Second World War. The Solomon Islands was the site of major military campaign for the Pacific, and its islands are littered with thousands of unexploded bombs left over from the conflict. The NPA, which operates in 19 countries around the world, said it has temporarily halted its activities on the Solomon Islands and is working with the police investigation. Remnants of warThe NPA said that the Solomon Islands remain heavily contaminated by explosive remnants of war and munitions continue to kill or seriously injure local people.
'Schitt's Creek' sets Emmys record for most wins for a comedy in 1 season
"Schitt's Creek" had a very good night at the 2020 Emmys. The Pop TV series swept every comedy award category for its sixth and final season on Sunday, including the top prize, best comedy series. Image Group LA / ABC via Getty ImagesThe show's stunning 2020 sweep is even more remarkable considering "Schitt's Creek" has never won an Emmy before. — Television Academy (@TelevisionAcad) September 21, 2020It then went on to win the award for best comedy series. "Schitt's Creek" also took home Emmys this year for best directing for a comedy series (Andrew Cividino and Daniel Levy), best writing for a comedy series (Daniel Levy), best casting for a comedy series (Jon Comerford and Lisa Parasyn) and best contemporary costumes (Darci Cheyne and Debra Hanson).
Hear from Covid-19 victims in their own words
The Covid-19 death toll in the U.S. has topped 200,000. We celebrate those we’ve lost, in their own words.
Kenosha Mother Goes Off-Script In Heartbreaking Plea To Biden
“I’m just going to be honest, Mr. Biden. And I’m part of the truth,” Porche Bennet, 31, told the former vice president. While there was some confusion around who gave Bennet the paper to read from while speaking to Biden, Bennet clarified to the Post that the demands were given to her by BLAK. HuffPost has reached out to BLAK and the Biden campaign for comment. Watch Bennet’s full plea to Biden here:
France’s vaccine hesitancy hangs over coronavirus response
But vaccine skeptics represent a sizable chunk of the French public, big enough to hinder a vaccination campaign when a vaccine against the coronavirus will be on the market. According to an Ipsos poll, 41 percent of French adults would not get a coronavirus vaccine if it were available. Vaccine hesitancy in France has been reinforced by multiple public health controversies, both during the COVID-19 crisis and long before. But most skeptics fall under the umbrella of “vaccine hesitancy.”“With vaccine hesitancy, we are dealing with people who are pondering over each vaccine. Experts agree that a turning point for French vaccine hesitancy was the 2009 H1N1 crisis, during which 94 million doses were ordered and only 6 were administered.
The problem with recycling? One word: Plastics
That's not what the plastics industry wants to hear. “Recycling [these types of] plastic is not recycling — its downcycling,” said Puckett. However, even these recycled plastics can't be used in the same way as virgin plastics, because the polymers in plastics degrade each time they are reused. Recycled plastics account for only around 6 percent of demand in Europe. Gradus estimated that municipalities opting for this method, called post-sorting, succeeded in separating 6.2 kilograms of plastic waste per inhabitant.
Zendaya Makes Emmys History As Youngest Best Drama Actress Winner Ever
Invision/AP Zendaya accepts the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for "Euphoria" during the 72nd Emmy Awards telecast. Euphoria doesn’t even begin to cut it: Zendaya is officially an Emmy winner. The 24-year-old made history at the 72nd annual ceremony on Sunday night by becoming the youngest winner ever in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for her performance in HBO’s “Euphoria.”“Killing Eve” star Jodie Comer broke the record last year when she won the award at age 26, but now it’s Zendaya’s turn. Stunning in her second outfit of the night, the Disney Channel alum nearly collapsed when it was announced she’d beaten out heavyweights Jennifer Aniston, Olivia Colman, Laura Linney, Sandra Oh and Comer.
Emmys 2020: The best moments from the (mostly) virtual ceremony
"Watchmen," a nine-episode miniseries, nabbed the award for best limited series, along with accolades for limited series writing, lead actress Regina King and supporting actor Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. "History is mystery," Lindelof said in accepting the award for best limited series, flanked by many of his "Watchmen" collaborators. "Have a voting plan," King said in accepting the award for best actress in a limited series or TV movie. (It was King's fourth Emmy in six years — all of them for her performances in limited series.) Jimmy Kimmel's 'pandemmies' monologueJimmy Kimmel kicked off the night with some one-liners about the odd circumstances of this year's virtual ceremony.
Emmys 2020 live updates: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweeps all 7 comedy categories; Zendaya wins best dramatic actress for ‘Euphoria’; ‘Watchmen’ wins best limited series
Foreshadowing a possible best drama win, “Succession” writer Jesse Armstrong picked up the trophy for writing in a drama for the show’s Season 2 finale. He thanked the cast and crew and noted that it takes about 300 people to get the show “from script to screen” … and then joked he was going to thank them all individually, because it was the polite thing to do. (Don’t worry, he didn’t.)
'WandaVision' trailer debuts during Emmys
(CNN) Marvel fans have something to look forward to with "WandaVision" set to debut later this year. A new trailer for the upcoming series for Disney+ debuted during the Emmy Awards. The six episode series about two super-powered beings living in suburbia, created by Jac Schaeffer, is based on the Marvel Comics characters Wanda Maximoff and Scarlet Witch. It stars Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Kat Dennings, Randall Park and Kathryn Hahn. There's no release date just yet but production on "WandaVision" was halted due to Covid-19 in March and is expected to premiere some time in December.
New signs of Covid-19 complacency even as the American death toll nears another dreaded milestone
Some of Trump's words were mangled, but the implication was that if the USA kept the death toll under 200,000, the country will have "done a very good job." It seems unfathomable, 200,000 deaths later, that anyone still thinks "we all, together, have done a very good job." The Washington Post and NBC News, for example, have already reported that the 200,000 milestone has been reached. "Six months in, Americans are tuning away from news about the pandemic," WaPo's Sunday's front page story noted . She pushes back on her friends, people she's known for years, when they call the virus a hoax.
China prepares to count 1.3 billion people as date for new population census announced
Hong Kong (CNN) How do you count 1.3 billion people amid a pandemic? China will be finding out as the world's most populous country launches its seventh national census on November 1.names, ID numbers, gender, marital details, as well as education and professional information. As well as traditional methods, citizens will also be encouraged to use cell phones and other digital tools "to declare personal and family information," Xinhua reported. China conducts a national census every 10 years. The last survey found the population had increased from 1.29 billion to 1.37 billion.
Justin Herbert Proved His Worth in Thrilling OT Loss to Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs
With Taylor surprisingly on the shelf in Week 2, Herbert was thrown to the proverbial wolves. His first NFL start came with no preparation against Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs. Herbert didn't quite pull off a Hollywood ending and stun the champs. Just asking him to come in, start competing, start learning and we'll take it from there." And while Taylor didn't play especially well against the Bengals, there was no indication the Chargers were considering a switch.
Woman Falls Out Of Moving Car Onto Highway While Filming Snapchat Video
A woman fell onto the M25 while trying to film a Snapchat video, police said. A woman fell onto the lane of a busy UK highway while she was hanging out of the car window filming a Snapchat video, according to police. Police tweeted that it was pure luck the woman wasn’t seriously injured or killed. The front seat passenger was hanging out the car whilst filming a SnapChat video along the #M25. It is only by luck she wasn’t seriously injured or killed.#nowords2846 — Roads Policing Unit (RPU) - Surrey Police - UK (@SurreyRoadCops) September 19, 2020
Von der Leyen is weak on rule of law
Although von der Leyen’s speech did include a pledge to defend the rule of law, it painted a picture that was distressingly detached from reality. These procedures remain blocked in the European Council awaiting meaningful action, yet von der Leyen made no mention of them whatsoever. Von der Leyen addressed this in her speech, saying that, "we will ensure that money from our budget and NextGenerationEU is protected against any kind of fraud, corruption and conflict of interest. Von der Leyen has pursued appeasement not just in her policies, but also in her rhetoric. Over the past year — and again in her State of the Union address — von der Leyen has failed to publicly acknowledge the erosion of democracy and the rule of law in some member countries.
This old house: Austria torn over what to do with Hitler’s birthplace
From the outside, there is nothing that catches your eye about the three-story yellow house on Salzburger Vordstradt, which has stood vacant since 2011. The house has been many things over the years, including a school, a bank and a center for the disabled. While it made sense to turn former concentration camps like Auschwitz or Mauthausen into memorials, the ideal fate for the yellow house in Braunau is less obvious. Initiatives like a new rest space for Sinti and Roma passing through town are overshadowed by the controversial yellow house. No matter the end result, Braunau will always retain at least some part of its identity as Hitler’s birthplace, locals admitted.
Ramy Youssef Reveals Deeply Sad Sight Emmy Nominees See After Losing
Ramy Youssef pulled back the curtain on one of the saddest, bleakest moments of the 72nd Emmy Awards on Sunday night. The “Ramy” actor and writer, who was up for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, tweeted out a video of an Emmy presenter ? dressed in a full hazmat suit ? waving goodbye and leaving after Youssef lost out to fellow actor Dan Levy. Many people were wondering if the awards show had indeed sent out a pandemic-ready presenter to every nominee’s home, and Youssef sadly answered the question in an instantly meme-able form. “When you lose the emmy,” he tweeted.
Conference on EU’s future derailed by leadership fight
Von der Leyen said Thursday that the Conference on the Future of Europe, is "almost ready to start" — months after its planned debut in spring. That backing was reiterated on Wednesday at the Parliament's Conference of Presidents, the gathering of its political leadership, a spokesperson for European Parliament President David Sassoli said. French MEP Stéphane Séjourné, an ally of Macron, conceded that Verhofstadt had been rejected by EU countries. "Renew has an excellent candidate to chair the conference who ticks all the boxes: Guy Verhofstadt," Ciolo? said. "He is not only the Renew candidate but also the European Parliament's candidate.
‘She’s been groomed for this moment’: Amy Barrett’s Supreme Court preparation began early
“She was kind of the Manchurian candidate,” said one former colleague at Notre Dame Law School. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals as well as for Chief Justice Warren Burger and Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court. More recently, as deputy White House counsel under President George W. Bush, he helped guide the Supreme Court nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito. But Barrett’s peers described the effort that Notre Dame professors put into promoting Barrett’s career as extraordinary. The other former colleague said that by this time, Barrett’s mentors were already beginning to speak of her as a potential Supreme Court justice.
'The path to an electoral victory goes through the Latino vote'
New polling from NBC News, the Wall Street Journal, and Telemundo reveals that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is leading with Latino voters nationally. However, it’s a different story for Latino voters in key swing states. MSNBC’s Alicia Menendez speaks with Noticias Telemundo correspondent Nicole Suarez, Chuck Rocha, author of “Tio Bernie: The Inside Story of How Bernie Sanders Brought Latinos Into The Political Revolution” and former Senior Advisor for Sen. Bernie Sanders presidential campaigns, and Jess Morales Rocketto, Civic Engagement Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance about Biden and President Trump’s enduring battle for the Latino vote on American Voices.
New body camera policy in New York aims for more transparency after death of Daniel Prude
“This process has caused confusion, delays and has hampered transparency in a system that should be as open as possible,” she said. Disturbing body camera footage shows the confrontation between several officers and Prude, who was suffering from mental health and drug problems, according to his brother. In the the video, Prude is seen lying on a street, naked, with an officer’s knee pressed into his back. “It shows that Mr. Prude's death was not taken as seriously as it should have been by those who reviewed the case throughout city government and at every level," she said. Earlier this month, James announced that she empaneled a grand jury to probe Prude's death.
'Tip of the iceberg': alleged forced hysterectomies on ICE detainees spurs conversation on America’s history with sterilization
MSNBC’s American Voices with Alicia Menendez brings in her panel - Lindsay Toczylowski, the Executive Director of the Immigrant Defenders Law Center, Caitlin Dickerson, National Immigration Reporter for The New York Times and Julissa Arce, the author of “My (Underground) American Dream" - to discuss the allegations of a doctor performing gynecological procedures on women at an ICE detention center without their consent in Georgia and the implications of these allegations when looking at America’s history with detained women of color.
Actors Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon on getting out the vote
On the premier weekend of American Voices, MSNBC's Alicia Menendez chats with actors Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon about their other job – creating an army of volunteers to get out the vote. The Hollywood power couple is working with the Last Weekends campaign to send letters and make calls in an effort to motivate Americans to make their voices heard at the polls this November. They talk about the factors motivating their activism, and discuss how the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has changed the political landscape.
DNC Chairman Tom Perez on how Dems will respond if Trump’s SCOTUS is rammed through
In the wake of Justice Ginsburg’s death, Democratic National Committee Chairman, Tom Perez joins Alicia Menendez on American Voices to discuss President Trump’s promise to force a vote on her successor, and how the Democrats might respond. Chairman Perez discusses how Democratic Senate candidates are making inroads in their respective states. And as Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer says “all options are on the table” for Democrats, Perez lays out what those options are.
Schumer, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez talk high stakes of Supreme Court vacancy
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spoke at Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s high school in Brooklyn, N.Y., following her death. The two stressed the importance of waiting until after the 2020 presidential election to name Ginsburg’s successor to the Supreme Court.
Opinion | Trump Needs a Tutorial on How International Agreements Work
The bigger question is whether the American efforts to invoke snapback will kill the nuclear deal, which the other parties have been trying desperately to keep alive. Afterward, it increased its production of fissile material, as a calibrated response to the American withdrawal. If Mr. Trump is re-elected, the chances of reviving the accord are slim to none. This will set the country back on a collision course with the United States and Israel. The fissile material it has produced could still be secured and sent out of the country.
Opinion | ‘I Was Devastated. Now I Am Emboldened.’
No Supreme Court vote in an election year, he said in March of 2016. And Trump may be a one-term president with three Supreme Court nominees. Our Supreme Court will be packed with corporatist ideologues for the foreseeable future. seats a sixth conservative justice, the Democrats will have no option but to expand the court should they take power. A politicized justice system will mark the end of whatever remaining faith people have that justice can be served objectively using a system of written laws.
Opinion | Conservatives Try to Lock In Power
The death of the iconic Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has shocked the political world, altered the contours of the upcoming election and induced an overwhelming dread among liberals who fear some basic rights could now be in jeopardy. Donald Trump and his Republican accomplices in the Senate may want to jam a nominee through the confirmation process, but it remains unclear whether the Senate will hold a vote before Election Day. But Republicans have the power to force a vote, and barring defections, they could exercise it. This is all about power for a group of people who feel their grip on power slipping away. They are trying to reshape the courts for a generation, if not longer, so that as their numerical advantage slips away, their power imbalance will have already been enshrined.
Emmys 2020 live updates: ‘Schitt’s Creek’ sweeps all 7 comedy categories; Regina King and Mark Ruffalo win limited series acting awards
Yes, the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards are happening — and no, no one really has any idea what’s going to happen. The show airs on ABC and is hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, who, as the executive producers say, “loves live TV and loves chaos on live TV.” The show sent about 130 remote production kits to all the nominees, who are allegedly set up at home and ready for their categories, so we’ll see how that goes. Stay tuned here for live updates and coverage.
Barbara Lagoa, Cuban American judge, rises on Trump’s Supreme Court list as allies emphasize Florida campaign edge
Choosing Lagoa would represent a bid to refocus attention on a potential nominee’s personal story and political appeal rather than the legitimacy of the process. ADADNonetheless, Lagoa’s 14-year tenure as a state and federal judge presents Democrats with opportunities to scrutinize her record. She graduated from Florida International University in 1989 and received her law degree from Columbia University in 1992, according to her court biographies. Lagoa was among DeSantis’s first nominees to the Florida Supreme Court, making her the first Cuban American woman on the court. She also acknowledged having attended an annual Federalist Society conference and celebration hosted for judges at Disney World.
Patriots vs. Seahawks live updates: Newton, Wilson shine, first half ends in 14-14 tie
Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf gave glimpses last season as a rookie that he was on his way to being an NFL star. He just continued his development by beating Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, the reigning NFL defensive player of the year, for a 54-yard touchdown catch. Metcalf used his body to shield off Gilmore to make the catch then cruised into the end zone. Wilson has completed 11 of 12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns. (Patriots 14, Seahawks 14 with 6:57 left in the 2nd quarter)
Trump and Democrats Brace for Showdown Over Supreme Court Seat
One reason Mr. Trump may feel differently is the possibility that he may not be that winner. “Trump needed a circuit-breaking event to change the dynamic of the race, which has clearly favored Biden so far,” said Douglas B. Sosnik, who was President Bill Clinton’s White House political director during his 1996 re-election campaign. Judge Barrett, a favorite of conservatives for her staunch opposition to abortion, is considered the favorite, and many Republicans active in court issues would be disappointed if the president picked anyone else. Judge Lagoa is seen as the second choice, appealing to the president in particular because of her Cuban-American heritage and ties to Florida, a must-win state for Mr. Trump this fall. Ms. Todd, who has been helping to manage the judicial nomination process, has admirers in the White House, although she is thought to be a distant third.
Opinion: Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden just got even fiercer
Clearly, he would like voters to see the contest as a choice between the authentic son of working-class Pennsylvania and Donald Trump, the privileged son of a multi-millionaire. Those are just some of the repeated promises President Trump and his administration have made about his phantom plan. "It was a tautly restrained outrage as he described the failings of President Donald Trump, and he seemed to hold back tears multiple times as he fielded questions from Americans experiencing overwhelming fear and loss amid the deadly coronavirus pandemic." "And when Donald Trump refuses to stand down at the inauguration, the shooting will begin," Caputo said in a live video hosted on his Facebook page. "This parroting of President Donald Trump's unsupported rhetoric is Barr's comments on the election have drawn equally strong criticism.
Puerto Rico needs more than Trump's cynical ploy three years after Hurricane Maria (opinion)
(CNN) Three years after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, hardship on the US territory is still palpable. I was still serving in Congress when the hurricane hit Puerto Rico. Only 200 long-term recovery projects have been funded in Puerto Rico, out of more than 9,000 requests, according to FEMA's own count. By the end of 2018, Hurricane Maria had displaced more than 130,000 Puerto Ricans, according to data from the US Census Bureau. This is why, on the third anniversary, we need to remind everyone that for Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria feels like it was yesterday and could well be our tomorrow.
Opinion: What I learned helping Reagan prepare for the 1980 presidential debates
David GergenI first learned that lesson in 1980 when Ronald Reagan was the Republican nominee. Reagan ambled in, seemingly without a care, and was promptly mauled by Stockman, who unloaded reams of statistics and arguments. When Reagan got into the ring with Anderson, it was no contest. Anderson wasn't nearly as good as his stand-in, and questions from the moderator were easier than those from the mock debates. Reagan had won the debate before he even got in the ring.
'Like golden nuggets': President Donald Trump on federal judge vacancies
President Donald Trump repeatedly boasted to journalist Bob Woodward about the number of judges he has appointed to the federal bench during several of their interviews for Woodward's book "Rage." CNN's Anderson Cooper discusses those conversations with the renowned journalist.
Emmys 2020: Jimmy Kimmel kicks off an audience-free awards, as 'Schitt's Creek' shines in comedy
(CNN) The Emmy Awards went on Sunday, with Jimmy Kimmel noting at the outset that while an awards show might "seem frivolous and unnecessary" in the middle of a pandemic, "Right now, we need fun." Kimmel opened the show with scenes of an audience, before he revealed that he was actually performing in a near-empty auditorium. It's the Emmys," the ABC latenight host said, later referring to the show as "The No People's Choice Awards." In early categories, Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy both won for the final season of "Schitt's Creek," the first Emmy for the two comedy veterans since receiving awards for writing "SCTV" in the early 1980s. Most of the other upcoming major awards, following the lead of the Oscars , have postponed their dates further into 2021.
James White Inactive for Patriots vs. Seahawks After Father Dies in Car Crash
Winslow Townson/Associated PressNew England Patriots running back James White isn't playing in Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks because of a tragedy in his family. The Broward Sheriff's Office confirmed to Jim McBride of the Boston Globe that White's father, Tyrone, was killed in a car crash in Florida on Sunday. The Broward Sheriff's office noted that "two victims were transported via air to the hospital." After news of the crash surfaced, White received support from both current and former NFL players:White was listed as inactive for Sunday's game. White has been a member of the Patriots his entire career since they selected him with a fourth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
Jimmy Kimmel pokes fun at 2020 in Emmys monologue — here are the highlights
Jimmy Kimmel kicked off the 72nd annual Primetime Emmy Awards by acknowledging how "frivolous" it was to hold an awards show in 2020. Jimmy Kimmel argued that the Emmys provided some fun in a year filled with darkness. YouTubeKimmel, who emceed the socially distanced award ceremony — the "Pandemmys" — from a nearly empty Staples Center in Los Angeles, argued that the Emmys provided lightheartedness in a year filled with darkness. The Emmys also give us a chance to acknowledge how much we've all relied on television in 2020, Kimmel said. When the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" host began his monologue, viewers saw an audience of Hollywood stars cheering and laughing.
HHS Official Now On Leave Says He And Trump 'Stand By' His Disturbing Comments
The day that Michael Caputo took a leave of absence from the Department of Health and Human Services after a series of disturbing comments, he told a local radio station that he and the president “stand by” what he said. The assistant secretary for public affairs announced his leave last week after a wild 26-minute Facebook Live address in which he accused scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of “sedition” for allegedly plotting against Donald Trump. He also urged people following him to “buy ammunition” and prepare for leftist “hit squads” planning an armed insurrection, according to a complete tape of the comments obtained by The New York Times. He said Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden would lose the election and then refuse to accept the results, which would trigger violence. Caputo apologized for his comments this past Tuesday and said in a statement on Wednesday that he was taking a two-month medical leave.
Florida Republicans: Nominating Lagoa could clinch state for Trump
“For lower court judges, all Supreme Court precedent, including Roe v. Wade ... is settled law,” she wrote in her questionnaire. Lagoa and another judge on the appeals court previously sat on the state Supreme Court when it considered how to interpret the amendment. “I think choosing Barbara Lagoa as a Supreme Court nominee would be the best thing the president could do politically in this state,” said Panuccio, who was on the nominating commission that recommended Lagoa for a spot on the state Supreme Court. Lagoa already made history as the first Hispanic woman and first Cuban-American woman to serve on the Florida Supreme Court. Gore lost to George W. Bush by 537 votes in an election that was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Jennifer Aniston Puts Out Fire On Emmys Stage And Now We're On A Break From 2020
Befitting this dumpster fire of a year, Jennifer Aniston literally put out a fire onstage at the 2020 Emmy Awards. The actor, who is nominated for her performance in the Apple TV+ series “The Morning Show,” was one of the few stars on Sunday night to appear at the Staples Center in person, and we’re honestly worried what would’ve happened without her. Aniston helped the ceremony’s host, Jimmy Kimmel, announce the award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, which ultimately went to “Schitt’s Creek” star Catherine O’Hara, but not before some on-stage pyrotechnics. Before announcing the winner, Kimmel sprayed down the envelope with a hefty amount of Lysol and threw it in a trash can, which was set on fire. That’s when Aniston stepped in with a handy extinguisher, but it took her a couple of tries to get the job done, as the small flame kept on returning.
Liberals want blood. Joe Biden is sticking with bipartisanship.
“Please, follow your conscience,” Biden urged the small group of Republican senators still weighing whether to act on a nominee under circumstances being driven by Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Voters seem intrigued by noble notions of bipartisanship more than they do the onerous compromise it requires. Biden saved his toughest talk for Trump and the Senate leader, though he also called out Lindsey Graham, the Judiciary Committee chair. For Trump, Biden contended, it’s all a game, a play to “gin up emotions and anger." Manley added: "What [Biden] said is largely in sync, for better or for worse, with how he’s operated for months.”
'Schitt's Creek' Is Taking A Victory Lap At The Emmys, And We're So Proud
We love this journey for “Schitt’s Creek”! “Schitt’s Creek” was previously nominated for four awards at the 2019 Emmys but was snubbed in all categories. Those nominations made the show the only comedy or drama series to land nominations in the four key acting categories in 2020. O’Hara led the pack with the first win of the night, for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, causing Dan Levy to later tweet that Moira ? O’Hara’s character on the show ? got her Emmy. It marked O’Hara’s first-ever Emmy win for acting.
Jimmy Kimmel Opens 2020 Emmys With Fake Crowd: 'This Isn't A MAGA Rally'
Ahead of the 72nd Primetime Emmys from Los Angeles’ Staples Center, host Jimmy Kimmel told Entertainment Weekly that the show would be “as creative as possible,” given the constraints of a virtual ceremony. Kimmel kicked off the strange virtual ceremony, aka the Pandemmys, with an even stranger opening, doing jokes for what seemed like a full Emmys audience:"Welcome to the 'Pand-Emmys!'" It wasn’t long before Kimmel revealed that his crowd was actually just old audience footage and that the Staples Center was mostly empty. This isn’t a MAGA rally, it’s the Emmys,” Kimmel said. The reveal was a surreal moment, as Kimmel showed that the seats were actually full of cardboard cutouts of the nominees.
Emmy Awards: List of 2020 Winners
The Emmy Awards ceremony is underway on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel is hosting from a nearly empty Staples Center while nominees tune in from around the world. Here’s what’s happened so far. Follow along with our reporter and TV critics as they share live analysis.
2020 Emmy Awards: Live Chat
Levy: “I just want to say thank you to my dad, for giving me the reins to this show, even though I didn’t have any experience in a writers’ room, which, saying that out loud right now, feels like a wild choice on your part but I am very grateful for it.”
TikTok Deal Exposes a Security Gap, and a Missing China Strategy
For the first time, a genuine Chinese app — not a knockoff of something invented in the United States or Europe — captured the hearts of American teenagers and millennials. Like Oracle, Microsoft would have taken over the storage of all data on Americans, keeping it in the United States. (TikTok currently has a major data server in Virginia, but backs up data in Singapore.) Already, many Americans use encryption apps, like Telegram, that are based outside the United States, so that the United States would have a more difficult time issuing subpoenas for the content. Attorney General William P. Barr has already called for greater scrutiny — and perhaps abolition — of any such app that does not allow the United States a legal “back door.”
Biden Has $466 Million in Bank, and a Huge Financial Edge on Trump
Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s campaign said on Sunday that it entered September with $466 million in the bank together with the Democratic Party, providing Mr. Biden a vast financial advantage of about $141 million over President Trump heading into the intense final stretch of the campaign. The money edge is a complete reversal from this spring, when Mr. Biden emerged as the Democratic nominee and was $187 million behind Mr. Trump, who began raising money for his re-election shortly after he was inaugurated in 2017. Mr. Trump and his joint operations with the Republican National Committee entered September with $325 million, according to Mr. Trump’s communications director, Tim Murtaugh. The Trump campaign pulled back on its television spending in August to conserve money, as some campaign insiders fretted about a cash crunch in the closing stretch of the campaign. But other officials argued that the Trump campaign would continue to raise heavily from small donors and that the cutbacks over the summer were shortsighted.
Washington unable to overcome big halftime deficit, loses to Arizona, 30-15
Yet Rivera watched, his arms still folded, as his assistants stood nearby, barking out instructions that often seemed to go unheeded. ADJust when it appeared Rivera had this team on a new course. ADAfter Washington opened with a three-and-out — again — Arizona responded with a 10-play, 48-yard drive capped by a touchdown pass from Murray to veteran receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Arizona lined up in a 3-by-1 formation, with Hopkins alone on the left side of the field. In striking distance at Arizona’s 9-yard line, Haskins was strip-sacked by Cardinals defensive end Jordan Phillips as he pulled back to throw, and Arizona recovered the fumble.
Patriots vs. Seahawks live updates: It’s Cam Newton vs. Russell Wilson on ‘Sunday Night Football’
The Patriots seek a 2-0 start to the post-Tom Brady era when they and their new quarterback, Cam Newton, play Sunday night in Seattle. Newton ran for 75 yards and two touchdowns and completed 15 of 19 passes for 155 yards as the Patriots utilized the former league MVP’s dual-threat capabilities last Sunday. The Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins at home in Newton’s debut for the team.
Indian curries offer so much flavor and variety. These 6 recipes will expand your repertoire.
Indian is my favorite cuisine, so I’m automatically drawn to any dish that includes the word curry. But the word “curry” can encompass a lot more than many of us might realize. Here’s an interesting point from one of my favorite cookbooks, “660 Curries,” by Raghavan Iyer: “The word ‘curry’ itself is unknown in the Indian vocabulary. Here’s a roundup of some great Indian curry options from our archives. More from Voraciously:Easy Indian recipes to try at home5 recipes to help you cut back on takeout dinner expensesPotatoes — stuffed, roasted, pan-fried and piled on buns — star in Indian cookingTadka — a spice-infused oil or ghee — can take any salad from ho-hum to flavorful
Emmys 2020 live updates: Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara win comedy acting awards for ‘Schitt’s Creek’
The Creative Arts Emmys concluded Saturday night, with a number of milestones. Here are 5 things you missed:Eddie Murphy won his first EmmyFour decades after he made his “Saturday Night Live” debut, Murphy won his first Emmy — no, that’s not a typo — for guest hosting the sketch comedy show last December. They were embarrassed for me, I had lost my way, it wasn’t even worth watching. We’re not the least bit surprised considering Rudolph’s impression is so beloved that the SNL alum’s name started trending when Joe Biden announced Harris as his running mate. The Creative Arts Emmys had a “Moonlight”/"La La Land” moment
Trump brags to Woodward that he has ‘broken every record’ on appointing judges
In a mid-December interview with Woodward, Trump boasted that he and McConnell “have broken every record” on judges, saying the issue is the majority leader’s top priority. “The only one that has a better percentage is George Washington, because he appointed 100 percent,” Trump told Woodward, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Post associate editor. “Bob Woodward’s badly written book is very boring & totally ‘obsolete,’ ” Trump wrote in one tweet, dismissing the author as “just another tired, washed up Trump Hater.”On judges, Trump — who has made more than 20,000 false or misleading statements during his presidency — has frequently overstated the number of judges he has named to the bench. When asked if Trump shared Graham’s worry, the president acknowledged the fear, before dismissing it as reality. ADADWhen Woodward noted Gorsuch voted “against your administration’s position,” the president seemed to accept the decision, saying, “Yeah, but this is the way he felt.
Biden warns that a quick replacement of Ginsburg would “plunge us deeper into the abyss”
“So I appeal to those few Senate Republicans, the handful who really will decide what happens: Please, follow your conscience. Supreme Court confirmation battles have been among the most explosive political events of recent years, culminating in the angry 2018 fight over now-Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. for urging Democrats to abolish the filibuster and add more justices if Senate Republicans move to fill the vacancy. After committing during the primary to appointing a Black woman, he has rarely talked about the Supreme Court. Under the current balance of the Senate, Republicans can afford only one more defection, assuming the entire Democratic caucus stays unified in opposition.
Lil Nas X says he's written the 'best kids book of all time'
(CNN) Lil Nas X is on the road to becoming a published author. The Grammy Award-winning artist, whose real name is Montero Lamar Hill, said in a tweet he's "dropping the best kids book of all time soon! I can't wait to share it with you all." i'm dropping the best kids book of all time soon! : — nope (@LilNasX) September 15, 2020The picture book is "perfect for music lovers learning their ABCs" and will feature Lil Nas X and "Panini the pony on a joyous journey through the alphabet from sunup to sundown," according to Random House Children's Books, the book's publisher.
Emmys 2020 winners list -- see who took home an aweard
(CNN) The Primetime Emmy Awards, which honor the best in television, are being presented SundaySee below for a list of nominees and check back throughout the night to see who won. Outstanding lead actor in a limited series or TV movieJeremy Irons ("Watchmen")Hugh Jackman ("Bad Education")Read More
Updated CDC guidance acknowledges coronavirus can spread through the air
(CNN) The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated guidance on its website to say coronavirus can commonly spread "through respiratory droplets or small particles, such as those in aerosols," which are produced even when a person breathes. "Airborne viruses, including COVID-19, are among the most contagious and easily spread," the site now says. Scientists pushed for acknowledgment of airborne transmissionFor months, scientists have noted the likelihood of coronavirus transmission through viral particles in the air, and pushed health agencies to acknowledge it. "Currently available research supports the possibility that [coronavirus] could be spread via bioaerosols generated directly by patients' exhalation," the letter said. "Most public health organizations, including the World Health Organization, do not recognize airborne transmission except for aerosol-generating procedures performed in healthcare settings.
Live updates: The 2020 Emmy Awards
In this video grab captured on Sept. 20, 2020, courtesy of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and ABC Entertainment, host Jimmy Kimmel speaks during the 72nd Emmy Awards broadcast. The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via APAccording to Jimmy Kimmel, "You can't have a virus without a host." The host of the virtual Emmy Awards had plenty of jokes about the unusual circumstances of 2020 and they had an unusual way of approaching it. Instead we got to see celebs, live at home, waiting to learn if they had won. And as Kimmel joked, with 100 different live feeds going on, what could go wrong?
2020 Emmy Awards Winners: The Complete List
Every year gets the award shows it deserves, so brace for chaos at the 2020 Emmy Awards. After all, there is much to celebrate at this year’s ceremony, with HBO’s relevant-as-ever “Watchmen,” which led all shows with 26 nominations, “Succession” and Pop TV’s “Schitt’s Creek” poised to take home prizes in major categories. Netflix, which is still chasing an Emmy win in the Best Drama and Comedy races, dominated the nominations this year, loosening HBO’s long-held grasp of the awards show with a record-breaking 160 nods. And in the first “Game of Thrones”-less ceremony, streaming services could reign supreme with Disney+ and Apple TV+ scoring their first Emmy nominations for “The Mandalorian” and “The Morning Show,” respectively. America” “Watchmen” “Unorthodox” “Unbelievable” Outstanding Television Movie “Bad Education” “El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie” “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings: These Old Bones” “American Son” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs.
Chris Wallace Grills Sen. Tom Cotton Over His Supreme Court Hypocrisy
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) intended to make a reasoned case for quickly replacing late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — but Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace threw his own words back in his face. Wallace played a clip of Cotton after then-President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia 11 months before the president left office. Cotton, along with other GOP senators, passionately argued that the Senate should wait to confirm Garland until after the presidential election. “You can parse the 2016, the 2018 election any way you want,” Wallace responded.
Woman reportedly arrested in case of ricin letter sent to White House
WASHINGTON — A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to White House, has been arrested at New York-Canada border, three law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on Sunday. The letter had been intercepted earlier this week before it reached the White House. The woman was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Peace Bridge border crossing near Buffalo and is expected to face federal charges, the officials said. AdvertisementThe letter addressed to the White House appeared to have originated in Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have said. It was intercepted at a government facility that screens mail addressed to the White House and President Donald Trump and a preliminary investigation indicated it tested positive for ricin, according to the officials.
Here’s a Full List of the 2020 Emmy Nominees
“Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)“The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” (CBS)Reality Competition Program“The Masked Singer” (Fox)“Nailed It!” (Netflix)“RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1)“Top Chef” (Bravo)“The Voice” (NBC)Writing for a Comedy SeriesDan Levy, “Schitt’s Creek” (“Happy Ending”)Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil, “What We Do in the Shadows” (“Collaboration”)Tony McNamara, “The Great” (“The Great”)Stefani Robinson, “What We Do in the Shadows” (“On the Run”)Michael Schur, “The Good Place” (“Whenever You’re Ready”)Paul Simms, “What We Do in the Shadows” (“Ghosts”)David West Read, “Schitt’s Creek” (“The Presidential Suite”)Writing for a Drama SeriesJesse Armstrong, “Succession” (“This Is Not for Tears”)
U.S. Judge Temporarily Halts Trump’s WeChat Ban
WASHINGTON — A federal judge has issued an injunction against President Trump’s executive order effectively banning the Chinese social media app WeChat from operating in the United States after midnight on Sunday, presenting at least a temporary setback in the president’s efforts to block an app that he has labeled a national security threat. The ruling, which came Sunday morning, will temporarily halt Mr. Trump’s efforts to bar WeChat, which is owned by the Chinese company Tencent Holdings, from carrying out commercial transactions in the United States. She also said that it placed significant hardship on the plaintiffs, who had argued that it would shut down the primary means of communication for the Chinese community. The U.S. government could now appeal to the Ninth Circuit court to seek to overturn the stay. A Justice Department spokeswoman said Sunday that the department is reviewing the order.
Emmy Awards 2020: What to Watch For
Welcome to the Wi-Fi Emmys, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel in a nearly empty arena. And … let’s hope the Wi-Fi works. The 72nd Emmy Awards on Sunday at 8 p.m. Eastern time won’t look anything like the earlier ceremonies celebrating the year’s achievements in television and streaming. Red carpet? Actors seated shoulder to shoulder in an auditorium as the envelopes are unsealed?
The Nation Lost a Titan. Brooklyn Lost a Native Daughter.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a child of Brooklyn long before she was Notorious — daughter of Jewish immigrants, graduate of P.S. 238 and James Madison High School (class of 1950), cheerleader known as Kiki Bader, member of the East Midwood Jewish Center. She lived on the first floor of a two-story house on East Ninth Street in the multiethnic Midwood neighborhood and fed her mind at the local public library branch, upstairs from a Chinese restaurant and a beauty parlor. “She’s part of the folklore of the community,” said Joseph Dorinson, who lives in the neighborhood and has taught at James Madison. “My neighbor’s brother dated her.”Howard Teich, founding chairman of the Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative, said Justice Ginsburg resonated so profoundly with Brooklynites — the elders who followed her judicial career and the young people who loved the pop icon — because she represented the values of her block.
‘There’s No There There’: What the TikTok Deal Achieved
And the government did not provide specifics about how the deal would answer its security concerns about TikTok. Even the $5 billion that Mr. Trump trumpeted was mired in confusion. Lawmakers, policy specialists and others said the way that TikTok’s deal got done also deserved more scrutiny. He then approved the deal only after Oracle — which has a cozy relationship with the White House — got involved. At different points, Mr. Trump also said the government deserved a cut of any deal.
To Conservatives, Barrett Has ‘Perfect Combination’ of Attributes for Supreme Court
Peers describe her as a textualist like Justice Scalia: one who interprets the law based on its plain words, as opposed to someone who looks to accomplish the legislature’s purpose. And they said she was an originalist, meaning a judge who interprets the Constitution according to the understanding of those who drafted and ratified it. “Chief Justice Roberts pushed the Affordable Care Act beyond its plausible meaning to save the statute,” she wrote. The court will again hear arguments on the fate of the law in November, and Judge Barrett’s article suggested that she would give its challengers a sympathetic hearing. Her judicial philosophy on abortion has already garnered the most interest, for personal and legal reasons.
NFL live updates: Wave of major injuries hits the early games; Chiefs win late in OT
Overtime for Chiefs and Chargers The Chiefs and Chargers are headed to overtime in L.A. Kicker Harrison Butker’s 30-yard field goal as time expired in regulation tied the game at 20 for the Chiefs. The Chiefs had to overcome two offensive holding penalties on their final drive, or might have managed a winning touchdown. He had a 46-yard touchdown run after the Panthers had drawn to within 24-17 in the game’s final two minutes. Tannehill has thrown four touchdown passes in a 15-for-17, 211-yard passing performance.
Opinion | Republicans’ and Democrats’ nightmares are not equivalent
The digital platforms are merely (belatedly) trying to block your lies and conspiracy theories, not your point of view. They see an administration manipulating immigration rules and procedures to block hundreds of thousands of should-be citizens from voting this fall. Now, Republicans are preparing to ram through a Supreme Court confirmation that could guarantee a conservative majority for a generation — and be in place to ratify a disputed Trump victory in January. ADADAnd if Democrats want to use the rules to change the rules, would that be undemocratic? Today’s Republicans like to see themselves as oppressed and endangered, even as they control the White House, the Supreme Court and the U.S. Senate.
The fall opening of colleges: Upheaval, pandemic weirdness and a fragile stability
A degree of stability, perhaps tenuous, has taken hold at many schools that brought students to campus. AD“Schools that are doing it every couple of days are staying on top of it,” said Gerri Taylor, co-chair of the American College Health Association’s covid-19 task force. “Testing alone obviously is not enough,” said Joshua M. Sharfstein, vice dean for public health practice and community engagement at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “We’re in a dance,” said West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee. On Aug. 30, Gettysburg President Bob Iuliano pleaded with students to follow public health rules.
Opinion | Mitch McConnell is the apex predator of U.S. politics
At 78, after a half-century in politics, Addison Mitchell McConnell Jr. now stands at the precipice of what most Republicans only a generation or two ago would have said was impossible: conservative domination of the Supreme Court. When you are the apex predator of U.S. politics, you don’t really care what anyone thinks. In Kentucky, where I worked for six years as McConnell was beginning his rise, he is not so much loved as endured. He retains an iron grip on state politics, has been elected statewide six times and is likely to win a seventh term in November. ADFrom boyhood on, he pursued every title he could find: high school student council president; college student president, law school bar association president, state president of the Ripon Society and so on, up the ziggurat of perches and entitlements, all the way to Senate majority leader.
Opinion | Yes, expect fireworks. But we’ll get a Supreme Court confirmation.
That Democrats are upset Trump gets to make another appointment to the court doesn’t change history or amend the Constitution. ADADNone of these compares with packing the Supreme Court, however, which has only been proposed by a president once — Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937 — and his own party recoiled from it. When the GOP returns to power, it would add another gaggle, and eventually the court would reach into the dozens. Larsen may also help a bit in Iowa, where she was born, but Michigan is where she won a statewide supreme court race before being confirmed to the federal bench. The Constitution gives the president the power to nominate, the Republicans have the Senate majority, and history favors the majority party’s use of that power.
Republicans prepare to move quickly on Supreme Court opening as Trump weighs top contenders
Barrett was a finalist for the last Supreme Court vacancy, in 2018, which was filled by Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. White House aides have been calling people in Florida to try to learn more about Lagoa and her judicial philosophy. Don’t vote to confirm anyone nominated under the circumstances President Trump and Senator McConnell have created. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments on the law known as Obamacare later this fall. On Air Force One Saturday night, Meadows told reporters the Supreme Court choice would change the focus of the election.
Opinion | They couldn’t even wait until Ruth Bader Ginsburg was in her grave
ADADDemocrats and progressives, thus provoked, responded with threats of revenge: eliminating the filibuster, packing the court if Joe Biden wins, even adding states to the union. I tried to ignore all the Rosh Hashanah jockeying, instead joining my synagogue’s online services Friday evening and Saturday morning. How many shall pass away and how many shall be born,Who shall live and who shall die …Who shall be at rest and who shall be tormented,Who shall be exalted and who shall be brought low,Who shall become rich and who shall be impoverished. Help us hear within it the unfinished work of our world and grant us the strength and courage to step into it unafraid.”Amen. Sign up to receive my columns in your inbox as soon as they’re published.
Opinion | Amy Coney Barrett’s judicial record should alarm liberals
In her still relatively short time on the bench, Barrett has considered two abortion cases and ruled against abortion rights in both. In one, the full appeals court declined to review a panel decision that blocked from taking effect an Indiana parental-consent law for minors seeking abortions. An appeals court panel composed of three Republican appointees agreed with the lower court that the law was flatly unconstitutional. Indiana didn’t ask the appeals court to reconsider that part of the ruling, just a different aspect of the law involving the disposal of fetal remains. But a quick review suggests that conservatives should be assuaged, and liberals alarmed, by the Barrett record in her first years as a judge.
Bryson DeChambeau wins the US Open
(CNN) American golfer Bryson DeChambeau won the 120th edition of US Open Championship Sunday at Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, New York. The win marks the first victory for DeChambeau at one of golf's major championships. DeChambeau, who turned 27 this week, won the tournament by a comfortable margin of six strokes. DeChambeau's final score of -6 made him the only golfer to finish the tournament with a score under par. "I can't believe it," DeChambeau said while raising the US Open trophy.
NY attorney general will decide when to release body camera video in police officer-involved civilian deaths
(CNN) New York Attorney General Letitia James said Sunday that her office will now decide when to publicly release body camera footage of police-involved deaths of unarmed civilians to avoid a repeat of what happened in the wake of Daniel Prude's death in Rochester. James traveled to Rochester to make the announcement on what would've been Daniel Prude's 42nd birthday. She met with his family before the press conference and told reporters she promised them justice. Prude's death and police body camera footage of the fatal encounter prompted protests in Rochester and accusations of a cover-up. Last week, the city released 325 pages of internal emails, police reports and other documents that show a concerted effort by police and city officials to delay the release of incriminating body camera footage of Prude's encounter with police.
Former PepsiCo CEO Donald Kendall has died
New York (CNN Business) Former PepsiCo CEO Donald Kendall has died. PepsiCo confirmed his death on a memorial page , which indicates he served as the CEO of both Pepsi-Cola and PepsiCo for 23 years. Kendall's family said in a news release that he died Saturday. "All of us at PepsiCo are devastated by the passing of Don Kendall," said PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Ramon L. Laguarta in a statement. "Don was the architect of the PepsiCo family.
Woman suspected of sending poisoned letter to Trump arrested
(CNN) A woman suspected of sending a letter containing the poison ricin to President Donald Trump was arrested as she tried to enter the US from Canada at a border crossing in New York state, a US law enforcement official said. The woman was carrying a gun and arrested by US authorities, according to the law enforcement official. CNN previously reported that law enforcement had intercepted a ricin package sent to Trump last week, according to two law enforcement officials, and that investigators were looking into the possibility that it came from Canada. Two tests had been done to confirm the presence of ricin. All mail for the White House is sorted and screened at an offsite facility before reaching the White House.
More than 10 million people under storm warnings as Tropical Storm Beta crawls toward shore
(CNN) The outer bands of Tropical Storm Beta, one of several storms creating a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season, are lashing the Texas coast. Tropical Storm #Beta is forecast to move very slowly toward the Texas coast over the next couple of days. Water levels from Tropical Storm #Beta peaked this morning near Galveston, Texas, around 3 ft above Mean Higher High Water. — NHC Storm Surge (@NHC_Surge) September 20, 2020Having a "high shear" environment prevents a storm from intensifying. Alpha was named Friday, and a few hours later, Tropical Storm Beta was named in the Gulf of Mexico.
Cowboys' Comeback Is Worth Noting, but Don't Get Your Hopes Up on Dallas
Ron Jenkins/Associated PressAt the very least, the Dallas Cowboys' unreal 40-39 comeback victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday is an indication they can be a factor come January. Atlanta sheepishly elected to punt following that 3rd-and-2 failure at the Dallas 41-yard line, and the Cowboys took advantage with a touchdown drive in response. Beyond that, the Cowboys also likely benefited from the fact Atlanta lost starters Kaleb McGary, Ricardo Allen and Takk McKinley to midgame injuries. They also draw the thus-far-impressive Arizona Cardinals and the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers ahead of their Week 10 bye. In a weak division with a seven-team playoff field, the Cowboys aren't likely to fade from relevance.
New York police arrest 86 anti-ICE protesters
(CNN) Police arrested 86 people at a protest against the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) in Times Square on Saturday, according to the New York Police Department. Leyva estimated that up to 300 protesters had gathered in Times Square from noon Saturday and said they were outnumbered by police 3-to-1. Arrests were made in Times Square and later outside the NYPD building at 1 Police Plaza, she said. NYPD Detective Denise Moroney said charges resulting from the Times Square protest included disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Eighty-five people received summonses and one person received a desk appearance ticket.
Father-Daughter Duo Jasmine And Ron Cephas-Jones Make History With Emmy Wins
Ron Cephas-Jones and Jasmine Cephas-Jones really said, “Like father, like daughter,” when it came to their Emmy Awards wins. Each took home an Emmy this year in their respective categories, making history as the first father-daughter duo to do so. Jasmine Cephas-Jones took home an award for best short-form comedy or drama for Quibi’s “#FreeRayshawn” at the Creative Arts Emmys. Ron Cephas-Jones won a statue for best guest actor in a drama series for his role in “This Is Us.”
Emmy Awards 2020: See What The Best Dressed Celebrities Wore At Home
The Emmy Awards are normally a time for glitz, glamour and a little bit of fashion fun on the red carpet. But for this year’s awards, everything looks a lot different ? much like the rest of the world ? and most of the nominees showed off their outfits and Emmys prep from home. Some, Zendaya, slayed in full glam, while others ? such as “The Good Place” actor Jameela Jamil ? kept it absolutely real in PJs. Jennifer Aniston gave a nod toward the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, showing fans her “other” mask while getting ready at home. The awards show, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, featured 130 feeds streamed live into the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
The Emmys Red Carpet Is Canceled, But Of Course Zendaya Slayed Anyway
Jeff Kravitz via Getty Images Zendaya received her first Emmy nomination for her performance on HBO's "Euphoria." There isn’t a red carpet Zendaya hasn’t slayed, so did you really expect her not to absolutely bring it from her living room? Despite the dress code for the first all-virtual 2020 Emmy Awards essentially being pajama-optional, the “Euphoria” star went full glam on Sunday night. Zendaya paired the look with eye-popping Bulgari jewels and Louboutin heels. “I definitely want to pull a look and maybe just walk my living room carpet,” she said on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” “I do want to dress up.
A New York Clock That Told Time Now Tells the Time Remaining
“This is our way to shout that number from the rooftops.” Mr. Golan said just before the countdown began. “The world is literally counting on us.”The Climate Clock, as the two artists call their project, will be displayed on the 14th Street building, One Union Square South, through Sept. 27, the end of Climate Week. The creators say their aim is to arrange for the clock to be permanently displayed, there or elsewhere. Mr. Golan said he came up with the idea to publicly illustrate the urgency of combating climate change about two years ago, shortly after his daughter was born. He asked Mr. Boyd, an activist from the Lower East Side, to work with him on the project.
The Artist Whose Medium Is Science
This personal dislocation was underscored by a gradual discovery of why he and his family were in Nassau at all. Strachan now thinks of his projects as a form of retroactive cartography and a means of reorienting himself. The provost explained that the school was out of financial aid, but Strachan remained firm, and finally the provost said, “Give me a month. In March 2005, the artist (who by this time was at Yale) went to northern Alaska and cut a 4.5-ton block of ice out of a frozen river. Christopher Hoover, an acquaintance with a background in film production, helped secure funding, a ground crew and discounts from shippers.
D.C. school leaders struggle to reopen buildings for small groups this month as staff reluctance persists
New York, the nation’s largest school system, is trying to offer in-person learning, but it has repeatedly delayed the opening date. The school system gave its 115 principals the option of submitting a proposal detailing how they would reopen schools for small groups in the coming weeks. He said school leaders are angry that D.C. Public Schools seemingly put the onus on principals to reopen their buildings. She said that teachers want to return to school but that they want the school system to commit to more safeguards first. The decision to reopen schools “has to be based on something more than science,” Davis said.
Like running a country: What it meant to be a schools superintendent this summer
As had been the case all summer, Alexandria City Public Schools Superintendent Gregory C. Hutchings Jr. was on a Zoom call. The Zoom chatter gave her headaches, and Hutchings was on calls from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days. Hutchings’s inbox was a boiling flood of angry messages from parents: What’s going on? “What’s going on?” his wife asked. “We have to pretend things are running smoothly, and we’re excited about what’s going on in the world, even when we’re not.”He smiled, signed off and pulled on the mask.
NFL live updates: Wave of major injuries hits the early games
Allen, whose college career raised questions about his accuracy and decision-making that were not completely answered in the affirmative during his first two NFL seasons, completed 68.6 percent of his passes Sunday for 417 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions in a 31-28 road win over the Miami Dolphins. That made Allen just the fourth quarterback to throw for 700-plus yards with six-plus touchdowns and zero picks through Weeks 1 and 2, following Manning in 2013, Brady in 2015 and Mahomes last season (per Pro Football Reference). Not bad for a player who completed just 56.3 percent of his passes before this year and who got his first 300-yard passing game just last week.
The forgotten time Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought against forced sterilization
The words of the nurse, Dawn Wooten, made me recall another uterus collector, from another time, and another woman who fought back. Cox’s family was already subject to state regulation: County officials regularly visited her mother, Devora Cox, because she received welfare benefits. The day before the operation, Cox asked the doctor if she would be able to have more children afterward. A three-judge panel reversed that decision in 1975, but because the sterilization program itself was no longer in effect, the court decided the ACLU’s claim that it was unconstitutional was moot. Perhaps that’s why the Cox case has been largely forgotten, even among civil rights lawyers like me.
Opinion | The miseducation of America
In his 2010 book, “The Hidden Brain,” former Post writer Shankar Vedantam argues that all people — Black, White and everyone else — are 100 percent racist in their subconscious minds. Ross tells his conferees to go home and talk to their children about race, which is fine to a point. This much is certain: Trump isn’t the only one calling for a new curriculum in America. But he won’t be the one instructing children to go home and quiz their parents about their racism and white privilege. No, that job falls to the authorities from the Diversity Educational Complex, who are busy rewriting history as we speak.
Bryson DeChambeau wins U.S. Open championship at Winged Foot
10 with a formulaic two-putt, while Wolff bogeyed it after choking up half the club to exit some savage foliage between the sand and green. So the lead reached two, and then while Wolff parred the 365-yard No. The lead reached three. The lead reached six. ADBy the time they reached the vaunted closing Winged Foot holes that so famously felled Phil Mickelson in 2006, competition had changed to coronation.
Floating concert on river in Czech Republic provides comfort from Covid-19 stress
Spectators gathered for a floating concert on the Vltava River in the Czech Republic. Numbers of coronavirus cases have spiked recently in the country, so the concert was a moment of peace in the capital Prague. The Epoque Orchestra performed alongside British violinist Daniel Hope.
Robert Gore, inventor of waterproof outerwear Gore-Tex, dies at 83
(CNN) Robert W. Gore, inventor of the technology that spawned the waterproof Gore-Tex fabric, died Thursday, according to the family company, W. L. Gore & Associates. Gore, commonly known as "Bob," was 83 years old, the company said. A coat sits on display as sellers and buyers look over gear at the Gore-Tex booth during the Outdoor Retailer Summer Show at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah, Friday August 3, 2012. "The substance provided myriad new product applications including Gore-Tex Fabrics, the world's first waterproof breathable outerwear and a product that through the years has become synonymous with the outdoors," the company said in a release. The material was used in the wire and cable industry, the company said, even landing on the moon "as part of the historic Apollo 11 mission" in 1969.
Biden Blasts Conservatives Pushing To Fill SCOTUS Vacancy Before Election
“President Trump has already made it clear: This is about power. President Trump has already made it clear: This is about power. Democrats pointed to what they consider Republican hypocrisy in the effort to fast-track a Supreme Court confirmation weeks before Election Day. In 2016, McConnell blocked a vote on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, whom then-President Barack Obama chose to fill the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s seat. “I’m not speaking to President Trump, who will do whatever he wants.
Suspect detained for allegedly sending ricin-tainted letter to White House
WASHINGTON — A suspect who allegedly sent a letter containing the deadly poison ricin to the White House was detained trying to enter the United States from Canada, a federal law enforcement official said Sunday. The suspect was detained by Customs and Border Protection agents, a federal law enforcement official said. This site is protected by recaptchaThe FBI said Saturday that it was investigating a suspicious letter addressed to President Donald Trump that had been intercepted. The suspect allegedly sent other letters to federal prisons that were discovered in different facilities, an official told NBC News Saturday. The official said only one letter appeared to be addressed to a political figure.
Biden holds sizable lead over Trump among Latino voters in NBC/WSJ/Telemundo poll
In a September 2016 NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Telemundo poll, Clinton led Trump 63 percent to 16 percent with registered Hispanic voters. Biden’s greatest support with Hispanic registered voters is among those 18 years old to 39 years old — 71 percent of that group backs him. Young Latino turnout has generally been lower than that of other young voters, although Latino voters 18-29 increased their turnout in the 2018 midterms. Thirty-one percent of Latino men are backing Trump over Biden Trump, compared with just 22 percent of Latinas. The poll showed high interest among registered Latino voters in the Nov. 3 election, but not as high as registered voters overall.
No U.N. support for reimposing Iran sanctions, secretary-general says
They point to Security Council Resolution 2231, which endorsed the nuclear agreement. Guterres said the U.N. won’t take any action “pending clarification by the Security Council” on whether or not sanctions that have been lifted should be reimposed. Under the “snapback” provision, U.N. sanctions eased or lifted by the nuclear deal are re-imposed and must be enforced by U.N. member states. “It’s very painful to see how a great country humiliates itself like this, opposes in its obstinate delirium other members of U.N. Security Council,” he wrote on Twitter. China’s U.N. Mission tweeted: “US unilateral announcement on the return of UN sanctions on IRAN is devoid of any legal, political or practical effect.
Covid-19 Live Updates: Health Officials Tiptoe Around Trump’s Vaccine Timeline
However, he said, that the president was correct in saying that “We could have as many as a hundred million doses by the end of this year. Mr. Trump has often promised that the United States would produce a vaccine by Election Day on Nov. 3. Several recent public opinion polls have shown a growing distrust or wariness among Americans of a rushed vaccine. In their separate TV interviews, Admiral Giroir and Mr. Azar reiterated the need for the public to wear masks, a practice the president often mocks. Mr. Trump’s recent campaign rallies are crowded full of supporters who do not wear face coverings, in violation of mask requirements in some localities.
Max Scherzer, Nationals left frustrated in doubleheader opener against Marlins
On Sunday, in his second-to-last start of the year, he was sharp in a 2-1 loss to the Miami Marlins. He yielded two unearned runs in 5? innings, nearly lifting the Nationals despite just a few shards of offense. That’s how they dropped the first game of a doubleheader at Marlins Park. ADAD“You have ups and downs, but you just have to go out there and continue to grind,” Scherzer said. Thames just couldn’t make the catch, letting the ball kiss the dirt as Harrison blazed across home plate.
Live updates: Cardinals lead Washington at halftime, 20-0
Coming off a surprising 27-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the season opener, Washington visits Arizona with an opportunity to start 2-0 for the first time since 2011. The Cardinals, led by second-year quarterback Kyler Murray, pulled off their own upset in Week 1, with a 24-20 win over the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers. Washington’s defense fueled last week’s win at FedEx Field, as the team registered eight sacks, its most since 2014, with Ryan Kerrigan becoming the franchise’s all-time sack leader in the process. Washington also had two interceptions that led to scores and limited the Eagles to 57 yards rushing. Quarterback Dwayne Haskins passed for 178 yards and a touchdown to tight end Logan Thomas, while Peyton Barber had two short rushing touchdowns.
NFL live updates: Wave of major injuries hits the early games
He has completed nine of 10 passes for 84 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 28 yards. Tannehill has thrown four touchdown passes in a 15-for-17, 211-yard passing performance. The Dallas defense allowed three first-half touchdown passes by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. That’s good.” By Cindy BorenCowboys, Eagles, Giants trail by a combined 51-10 The NFC East is struggling in the early games. By Mark MaskeDrew Lock out of Broncos-Steelers game with shoulder injury Quarterback Drew Lock left the Denver Broncos’ game at Pittsburgh because of an injured right shoulder.
Rep. Shalala: Ginsburg 'would have been mortified' by push to fill seat before election
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TikTok tussle shows the uneven economic ‘decoupling’ that has accelerated between U.S. and China
AD“Whether it's decoupling or putting in massive tariffs like I've been doing already, we’re going to end our reliance on China because we can't rely on China,” he told reporters. It’s through these different regimes: technology, trade, financial services, Internet governance,” said Kennedy. And despite consistent urging by the president, there is no wholesale exodus of American companies from China. New direct investment by U.S. companies fell 31 percent in the first half of the year to $4.1 billion, according to Rhodium. By a margin of 66 percent to 26 percent, Americans in April held an unfavorable view of China, according to the Pew Research Center.
Four people killed in small plane crash in Texas
(CNN) Four people are dead after a small plane experienced engine trouble and crashed while attempting an emergency landing in Texas on Sunday. The single engine plane crashed at the Hilltop Lakes Airport around 10:50 a.m., Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Sgt. All four occupants, two men and two women, died in the crash, according to Burse. It is unknown what type of plane it was, but the tail number Burse provided CNN shows that it belonged to a single-engine Piper Malibu Meridian, according to Flightaware. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is en route to the crash and Texas DPS is holding the scene until FAA arrives, Burse said.
Longview Presbyterian donates land for affordable housing project
One of the church’s priorities for years has been helping those in poverty and homelessness, Kearny said. The more the church became involved, the more the lack of affordable housing in the community became clear, he said. When considering what to do with the lot, the church decided to use the land for affordable housing because providing stable housing is an first step in helping someone address other problems, whether those are financial, mental health or physical, Kearny said. “We felt it was one way our church could engage, especially with our empty lot and the resources close by. But the committee realized the church didn’t want to be the property manager, so it decided to find a partner for the project, he said.
Families shocked to see porn during Sacramento school's virtual class
Salt Lake police officer faces rare criminal charge, but is a conviction likely?
SALT LAKE CITY — Prosecutors this week took the unusual step of filing a criminal charge against a police officer. Nickolas John Pearce, 39, of Herriman, a 14-year veteran with the Salt Lake City Police Department, is charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony. The organization has had a contentious history with Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill. The group also believes Gill should have waited until Salt Lake police concluded their internal affairs investigation. Related:Salt Lake officer charged with ordering K-9 to attack Black man with hands in the air A Salt Lake police K-9 officer now faces a criminal charge accusing him of ordering his dog to attack a Black man who was kneeling in his yard with his hands in the air.
Hilo nurse shares two sides of COVID-19 crisis after losing grandfather at Yukio Okutsu
"I think it's important to not just point fingers, but like really sit together and do what we're doing and say, hey, we need to figure this out. Um, because they then get to choose for themselves. You know, they didn't go out and do stuff. This was brought to them and they are the most vulnerable," she said. "We need to cheer for our nurses because they are doing the best that they can and then there's always just room to grow."
More violence on the Las Vegas Strip leaves tourists concerned and surprised
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Another fight on the Las Vegas Strip. Today, as thousands of tourists walked up and down Las Vegas Boulevard, many were shocked to hear about it. RELATED: Vegas PD: 2 shot near Paris Las Vegas hotel-casinoIt is still unknown what started the altercation that ended in gunfire. RELATED: Wynn Las Vegas files lawsuit after Labor Day weekend violence at propertyThe Las Vegas Metro Police Department recently held a press conference to say they won't tolerate this behavior in the city. However, we cannot tolerate the violence," said LVMPD Capt.
‘They killed my son’: Mother of man killed by deputy in Auburn says shooting could have been prevented
“They killed my son,” the man’s mom, Fay Showalter, told KIRO 7 at the scene. “They didn’t have to shoot at him... he was bleeding out, and they handcuffed him. My daughter told them to stop. Then he was dead. They were handcuffing him dead.”
Local girl scout donates over 600 school supplies
BETTENDORF, Iowa — Pleasant Valley senior Ramya Subramaniam was given the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve - a Gold Award - for her work creating a sustainable school supply collection program. Her initiative gathers lightly used school supplies that students might throw away at the end of the school year. Many of these students either throw away their supplies or leave it in their basement for who knows how long! Now, even with Covid-19 disrupting her first year of supply collections, Subramaniam has already collected over 600 items. So maybe those students who don't want to reuse their supplies, those supplies could be going to other students who need them," she said.
Women of Lady Justice Brewing honor the legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
DENVER, Colorado — When Kate Power's phone buzzed Friday night alerting her to the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she was devastated. It’s really what Lady Justice is trying to embody and do," Power told 9NEWS. After opening a taproom this spring, the women of Lady Justice Brewing honored Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a mural. "Ruth Bader Ginsburg was instrumental in laying the bricks to that path for me," Power told 9NEWS. Of course, Lady Justice will also honor Justice Ginsburg with her very own brew called 'I dissent!'
Omaha man arrested, accused of leaving fake bomb outside courthouse Friday
(WOWT) - An Omaha man was arrested for placing a false bomb and obstruction of government operations after he left a suspicious package outside the Douglas County Courthouse on Friday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. As of Saturday afternoon, Trouba was being held at Douglas County Corrections on $5,000 or 10 percent bond. Investigators reviewed footage from surveillance cameras and saw the suspect later identified as Trouba inside the courthouse conducting business. Trouba was seen leaving the courthouse while knocking over a no smoking sign, then going outside to a car parked facing the wrong way in a construction zone. The area was evacuated and Omaha Police Department’s bomb squad arrived to safely detonated the packages, which were found to contain no explosives.
Wisconsin State trooper saves trapped woman in burning car
OUTSIDE APPLETON — An allegedly intoxicated driver became trapped in a burning car in Winnebago County until a State Trooper was able to shatter the windows and pull the person outside to safety. The driver still is suffering from severe burns, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol. That's where a trooper was responding to a driving complaint, and subsequently several cars pulled over to the side of the road. The trooper watched as the car was quickly engulfed in flames, with the driver trapped inside. The trooper sustained minor injuries to his hands, while the driver now suffers from severe burns.
League of Women Voters hosts block party, voter services event
Log in Sign up {{featured_button_text}}People talk as children play during a community block party and voter services event held Saturday at Gussie McMillan Park on East Newton Street in Dothan. The Southeast Alabama League of Women Voters hosted the event to help promote empowerment through voting. “We’re trying to give the community knowledge,” said Brande Potter, one of the young local leaders who developed the event. The deadline to register to vote in the November 2020 election is Oct. 19. Absentee ballots became available Sept. 9 and Nov. 3 is the only day to vote in person.
All-women team with Habitat for Humanity builds Charlotte woman’s dream home
“We don’t have the labor force we usually have. Our labor force is really our volunteers," said Anna Davis, project manager. “They build our houses for us, basically. So, I mean that’s definitely a challenge, and keeping everything up to date and on schedule is tough, but I have faith in these guys.”
The persistent priest: Lincoln activist spends lifetime battling for civil rights, social justice issues
The country was building toward a massive civil rights movement and the church was undergoing a liturgical renewal at the same time. He's no longer an active priest; he sought dispensation decades ago to pursue his social justice activities, marriage and a family. But a priest is considered a priest for life, and he only freed himself of the rights and responsibilities of the position. And he's a faithful man, faithful to his belief in civil rights, human rights and social justice. When they left Kearney in 1984, the family moved to Lincoln, where Krejci ran the social work program at Nebraska Wesleyan University.
From puppy mill to Pet Idol winner: Maddie, adorable Shih Tzu, tops T&D 2020 contest
Prince and her partner had adopted another dog that had only lived three months. They were hesitant about adopting another dog to serve as a companion for their older dog, Spirit, a nearly 17-year-old Beagle and Bichon mix, who sadly had to be put down on Thursday. "My older dog and that dog that only lived three months never really connected. Maddie just came up and stuck her nose right on Spirit's nose, and the rest was history," she said. Maddie and Spirit enjoyed five beds, which were shared between them.
WATCH: Bizarre Robbery Stuns Owner, Manager Of Staten Island Florist Shop
As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported Saturday, security video shows the employee had a tough decision to make. “The first thing that came into my head was that he was going to start making a mess and breaking everything,” manager Narcisco Luna told CBS2. “The money that the perpetrator put back was fake money,” Montana said. He may have a knife and I don’t know that,” Luna told Carlin, in retrospect. The video shows Luna ordering the burglar to take off the hoodie.
Family Of Woman Missing For Two Weeks Get Sign Of Hope
CENTER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Pennsylvania State Police need your help locating a missing woman from Butler County. The family of 54-year-old Laura Graham-Simonetti of Center Township has not seen her since September 6. Simonetti was last seen driving near her home on Beechwood Boulevard in a white 2012 Volkswagen Jetta. “Someone has logged on to her Facebook am Gmail accounts with the IP address leading to new york near the Empire State Building,” Allison Chaffee, Daughter. Anyone that has seen her is asked to call the Pennsylvania State Police in Butler at 724-284-8100.
Activist do silent protests in wake of protesting zones
Friday around 7 pm activists will gather outside of the Lauderdale County Courthouse for the 15th straight week of protests. Across the street is the counter protestors designated area and the business district of Flornece is supposed to be a "protest free zone". "It's defiantly a violation of our first amendment rights but we decided to do silent protests," said Activist, Camille Bennett. Bennett and her group walked along busy sidewalks chanting messages in the business district on Friday nights. Bennett said the loophole around the designated areas are silent protests in the business district and so far it's worked.
City apologizes to activist barred from Cville360
Log in Sign up {{featured_button_text}}Charlottesville issued an apology Friday to a local activist after she was barred from participating in its Cville360 program this summer. The city launched the program to provide updates on the coronavirus pandemic and government business. Activist Tanesha Hudson attempted to provide public input during the May 19 show featuring Councilor Heather Hill, but Wheeler refused, citing comments she had made at the City Council meeting on the previous night. “I think you had plenty to say last night,” he said. At the May 18 council meeting, Hudson spoke during public comment and accused city staff of operating in conjunction with Hill and Mayor Nikuyah Walker in a plot to fire City Manager Tarron Richardson.
A Florida woman was attacked by a 10-foot alligator while trimming trees
(CNN) A Florida woman is recovering from injuries she received when she was attacked by a 10-foot, 4-inch alligator while trimming trees in Fort Myers. The 27-year-old woman was trimming by the edge of a lake near a country club in Fort Myers on September 10 when the alligator bit her. She was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital and treated for injuries to both legs, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The alligator was later caught by a contracted nuisance alligator trapper and taken to an alligator farm, according to the commissionThe FWC said it is are still investigating the incident.
High schooler unable to access internet with CMS hot spot five weeks into school year
Any time a student has an issue with their district distributed device they are asked to reach out to the school for guidance. The school will work with the student and the family to resolve the issue. Should there need to be further inspection into the device issues, the student and family are asked to bring the device to the school to make any necessary repairs. Should there be issues that may not be repaired, the school will issue a new device to make sure the student has access to remote learning.
Democratic org Act Blue raises $100 million in wake of RBG death
The Supreme Court is now a ‘kitchen table issue’ for Democrats along with issues such as combating racism, journalist Errin Haines says. Democratic organization Act Blue raising $100 million in the wake of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is also discussed by Jonathan Capehart.
Trump statements on CDC, protests called autocratic by experts
Donald Trump’s statements on the CDC, recent protests, and more have been called autocratic by experts, who warn that the president’s behaviors in their view align with signs indicating that a nation’s democracy is eroding. Jonathan Capehart and his panel discuss.
McConnell locks down key Republican votes for Supreme Court fight
At the time, Republicans said it was too close to an election for a Senate and White House controlled by different parties to process a Supreme Court nomination. On Sunday afternoon, Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, appealed to the handful of Republican senators who control the fate of the next nomination. “Don't vote to confirm anyone nominated under the circumstances President Trump and Senator McConnell have created. “It’s not just simply your party, my party,” he said. “In 2014, the American people elected a Republican majority to the Senate to put the brakes on President Obama’s judicial nominations.
Mourners gather at U.S. Supreme Court to honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Mourners gathered outside of the U.S. Supreme Court to honor the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Many spoke about Ginsburg’s legacy and said, “She was a huge champion for women and equality.”
What Is Celebrity?
Animal Influencers We love them! I often think about muting every account on Instagram except the animals. Like many of the human influencers in my feed, these widely followed pets have been rightly classified as "public figures." Boo, a pomeranian frequently described as “the world’s cutest dog,” developed a fan base on Facebook in the aughts. For many of these animals, celebrity has transcended social media.
With Flags, Crosses and Photos, Mourning 200,000 Dead
The loved ones left behind are trapped in an extraordinary state of torment. Now they are left to grieve, in a country still firmly gripped by the coronavirus pandemic, where everywhere they turn is a reminder of their pain. Many are bitter over the government’s handling of the pandemic, which has brought bleak milestones since the first announcement of a coronavirus death in the United States in late February. Less than four months later, nearly 100,000 more people are dead, losses captured in the flags, crosses and photographs at memorials that are popping up around the country. Some survivors have felt a stigma attached to their loved ones’ deaths, a faint suggestion by acquaintances that their relatives were somehow to blame for being infected.
‘We May Be Surprised Again’: An Unpredictable Pandemic Takes a Terrible Toll
It is a staggering toll, almost 200,000 people dead from the coronavirus in the United States, and nearly five times that many — close to one million people — around the world. And the pandemic, which sent cases spiking skyward in many countries and then trending downward after lockdowns, has reached a precarious point. Will countries like the United States see the virus continue to slow in the months ahead? “What will happen, nobody knows,” said Catherine Troisi, an infectious disease epidemiologist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. “This virus has surprised us on many fronts, and we may be surprised again.”In the United States, fewer new coronavirus cases have been detected week by week since late July, following harrowing outbreaks first in the Northeast and then in the South and the West.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Live Updates: Biden Says Election Winner Should Pick Nominee
With Ms. Murkowski and Ms. Collins both publicly voicing their objections to such a timeline, Mr. McConnell can only afford to lose the support of two more Republican senators. And Mr. McConnell, who is up for re-election, is cognizant of the tough races a number of his members are facing and how such a political fight could further galvanize voters. He had gone so far as to encourage his members to “keep their powder dry” when asked about a vacancy. Ms. Collins is embroiled in the toughest race of her political career, but Ms. Murkowski is not up for re-election until 2022. On Sunday morning, Mr. Trump again focused on her, derisively tweeting “No thanks!” after the Alaska Chamber invited people to join an upcoming forum featuring Ms. Murkowski.
Ever wondered why trees ditch their leaves each fall?
Each leaf is loaded with a pigment called chlorophyll (pronounced CLORE-o-fill), which absorbs light and helps convert water and carbon dioxide into energy. So when fall turns into winter, trees discharge their leaves as a cost-cutting measure. If it had to spend resources on all those leaves through the winter, not only would the leaves freeze, but the tree would die. Instead of dropping and regrowing their leaves each year, pine trees and other evergreens evolved short, thick “leaves” that can withstand winter’s wrath. Some trees, such as black cherry, flowering dogwood and white oak, also begin to produce a pigment called anthocyanin each fall.
U.S. insists ‘snapback’ sanctions against Iran are in force, but most of the world says that’s illegal
It remains unclear how the administration will go about unilaterally enforcing the “snapback” of multilateral sanctions. That could prompt Iran to kick out the international experts who have been given access to monitor its nuclear facilities. It was fulfilling them until the United States began reimposing U.S. sanctions in 2018. It had traded at 32,000 to the dollar when Iran signed the 2015 agreement limiting its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. But Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, sounded defiant, saying snapback sanctions exist only in “the fantastical world” of the Trump administration.
Opinion | Climate change is killing the farm belt. With a little help, farmers can fix it.
Climate change — both in Iowa and elsewhere — is making it harder for farmers to turn a profit. Gannon waits for his harvesting equipment to be repaired under skies casting a weird, pinkish-orange hue from West Coast wildfire smoke. He hopes the farm will break even this year, thanks to crop insurance and government disaster assistance. The Conservation Stewardship Program in the existing farm law pays for precisely these sorts of practices on working lands. The CSP would pay farmers to save soil and water, and, in the process, grow less corn.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg is as much of a hero to men as she is to women
It’s true that many women are grieving the loss of a feminist hero, particularly at such a bizarre and difficult time in American history. But framing Ginsburg’s legacy as only a hero to women is a disservice to her life’s work. The ramifications of these decisions will not just affect women; they will affect men, too, and Ginsburg worked to ensure they could live in a more just country. But men can fully grieve Ruth Bader Ginsburg. She is not just a hero to women and girls or a role model for their daughters; she has also inspired generations of men and boys and fought to make their lives better.
The smoke covering the West has me and my chickens bunking together. Is this the new normal?
Tove Danovich is a freelance journalist based in Portland, Ore.“It’s time to bring the chickens inside,” I told my husband on Sept. 10. Despite the red flag warning and the fires popping up all over the West Coast, I never imagined it would get worse than that. It was time to bring the chickens inside. I wasn’t the only one bringing my chickens inside. Read more:Helaine Olen: The West Coast is on fire.
Bill Gates: It's 'outrageous' Americans can't get coronavirus test result in 24 hours
(CNN Business) Bill Gates is frustrated by the way coronavirus testing is behind handled in the United States. "Even today, people don't get their results in 24 hours," Bill Gates said on "Fox News Sunday." And when it comes to the technology behind the testing, Gates made it clear that there's no excuse for the slow timeline. "The US has more of these machines, more of this capacity than other countries by a huge amount," he said. As for the way the US handled the pandemic overall, "We did a very poor job and you can just see that in the numbers," Gates said.
Ralph Lauren Fast Facts
Ralph Lauren Corporation has over 450 global stores and includes brands such as Polo Ralph Lauren, Ralph Lauren Purple Label, Double RL, Polo Ralph Lauren Children's, Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Lauren Home, Chaps and Club Monaco. September 1971 - Opens his first retail Polo Ralph Lauren store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. 1994 - Goldman Sachs purchases 28% of Polo Ralph Lauren for $135 million. June 11, 1997 - The initial public offering of Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. raises $767 million. 2003 - Partners with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to establish the Partners with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to establish the Ralph Lauren Center for Cancer Care and Prevention , in Harlem, New York.
Pine-Sol cleaner has been approved to kill coronavirus on hard surfaces
(CNN) Pine-Sol's original cleaner has been approved by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a product that can kill the coronavirus on frequently used surfaces. The product was added to the agency's list of products expected to kill the virus after meeting the criteria for use against SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, an EPA spokeswoman told CNN via email on Sunday. Pine-Sol was tested by a third-party laboratory that showed the disinfectant can kill the virus within 10 minutes of being used on hard, nonporous surfaces, The Clorox Company said in a press release"With a long-standing history of being a powerful cleaner and disinfectant, and the trusted brand choice within the Black community, Pine-Sol Original Multi-Surface Cleaner now offers the clean families have trusted through generations with the protection they need right now against the spread of SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19," said Chris Hyder, vice president and general manager of The Clorox Company's cleaning division. To disinfect against coronavirus, the company said customers should apply full-strength Pine-Sol with a clean sponge or cloth on a surface, wait 10 minutes, then rinse. For heavily soiled surfaces, the company said precleaning to remove excess dirt first is required.
'Constitutional abuse': Biden challenges Senate Republicans in blistering Supreme Court speech
Joe Biden on Sunday made an explicit plea to Senate Republicans not to vote on President Donald Trump's forthcoming Supreme Court nominee ahead of the November election. Biden said that should Trump submit a nominee, the Senate should not act until the November election is resolved. "But if I win the election, President Trump’s nomination should be withdrawn." "I'm speaking to those Republicans out there, Senate Republicans, who know deep down what is right for the country and consistent with the Constitution," he said. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president's Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year."
Why Italy’s Political Establishment Wants to Slash the Number of MPs
However, the reform proposes a mere drop in the total number of MPs and senators and contains no systemic reform regarding how the Italian legislature operates. In the lead-up to the vote, M5S has repeatedly cashed in on its image as a force disrupting Italian politics. The second was the abandonment of a blanket ban on forming alliances with the traditional political parties — once intended as a cordon sanitaire to preserve its purity from the conventional parties it seeks to replace. Instead, they will decide whether to reduce the total number of sitting parliamentarians by roughly 37 percent. It is for this reason M5S’s attack on political representation is a serious concern for Italian democracy.
A Portrait of the Breakdown of Hope and Meaning in America
For these incels, the spite that drives the movement froths and shudders just as it had before we were all forced inside. The depiction of the film’s subjects is similarly tender and compassionate, a compelling look at alienated men trying, and ultimately succeeding, to overcome the resentment and aimlessness of inceldom. “The future that was sold to me is a complete lie, so I’m just going to do nothing instead,” explains Kyle, one of the film’s subjects. In a similar move, Moyer wants to challenge the idea that incels are nothing more than a violent threat to society. Nonetheless, what Moyer is saying is worth listening to: the incel story is, at least in part, about the breakdown of institutions and a broader loss of meaning.
Ho Chi Minh’s Time in Rio de Janeiro Helped Make Him a Revolutionary
And even less known is the fact that in the early 1910s this work led him to visit Rio de Janeiro. Reaching Rio When Ho was born in 1890 under the Christian name Nguy?n Sinh Cung, Vietnam simply wasn’t on the map. In Rio, Ho found a fervid atmosphere. In the ambulance — even having been shot — José Leandro sang The Internationale. Although inspiring — and portrayed in the documentary O Rio de Janeiro de Ho Chi Minh — Ho’s passage through Rio was a short one.
Capitalism Isn’t About Freedom. It’s About Subjugation.
It’s not the warm, swaddled place your headmaster and your parents have told you about. Capitalism harnesses that better than any other economic model on earth. But as the speech suggests, his character gives us the advantage of clarity, since he personifies capitalism in its most unvarnished form. Capitalism posits a trade-off for workers: relinquish your liberties on the job, forget about having meaningful control over the political process, and we’ll deliver you a bounty. Let’s say we accept capitalism’s defenders’ claims, acknowledge that, for the first time in human history, capitalism created mass economic growth and pulled countless people out of poverty.
Data, Disinformation, and the Art of Skepticism
Alexander Heffner: You are author of the new book called Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World. We've come into a world where data is so important in decision-making and presented so centrally in the public sphere. But we felt like we needed help people take on data being presented [as] disinformation: the BS being presented in the form of statistics or facts and figures [and] data graphics. This is the notion that when people take a statistical sample that might be convenient to collect, but it doesn't actually represent the population that they're trying to study. Often people don't even really care about the particular facts that they're trying to present to you.
Hawaii will reopen to tourists Oct. 15 — with some conditions
Beginning Oct. 15, travelers can visit the islands if they take a coronavirus test, and test negative, within 72 hours before arriving in the state to avoid a 14-day quarantine once there, Gov. If their test result is not available once they are in Hawaii, visitors will need to remain in quarantine until they get the result, said Hawaii’s Lt. Gov. Ige said pharmacy chain CVS and health-care provider Kaiser Permanente will offer tests as part of an agreement with the state of Hawaii. If their test result is not available upon arrival, visitors will need to remain in quarantine until they get the result, said Hawaii’s Lt. Gov. The August postponement was the second time Hawaii delayed its reopening to out-of-state travelers in 2020.
A police shooting ignited unrest in Kenosha. Current and former officers say the department’s problems with race go much deeper.
The video she streamed to Facebook that night shows a Kenosha officer punching the handcuffed man twice in the ribs. recruiting efforts.”“We won’t just hire somebody because we tend to be light on Black officers or Latino officers,” Nosalik said. More recently, Miskinis suggested that three men shot during protests two days after the Blake shooting shared blame for the violence because they were out past curfew. I can say I’ve lost trust in police in Kenosha,” Jordan said. After Sheskey shot Blake, Deates issued a statement appealing for calm and counseling against a rush to judgment.
Federal court issues preliminary injunction halting Trump administration’s ban of Chinese app WeChat
The Trump administration had planned effectively to ban WeChat and fellow Chinese-owned app TikTok in the U.S. late Sunday by preventing them from appearing in mobile-phone app stores. WeChat had about 3.3 million monthly active users in the United States as of August, according to analytics provider App Annie. ADThe short-from video app TikTok has been downloaded an estimated 100 million times by users in the United States. In her ruling, Judge Keebler said the evidence presented so far upholds the view “that WeChat is effectively the only means of communication for many in the community.”ADADWithin China, WeChat is heavily censored. Tencent last week called the proposed ban “unfortunate” and said it “has always incorporated the highest standards of user privacy and data security.”ADThe proposed TikTok ban also has been criticized on First Amendment grounds.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was the model us working moms needed
So when the news came that Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the iconic working mother, had died, I thought of this woman I’d spoken with just hours earlier. Did she finally acquire that life working mothers have been seeking? Working for any mother isn’t easy, and Ginsburg knew that, battling for the things that impact every working mother: maternity leave rights, equal pay. ADAnd as a woman in a house full of boys, I needed to make sure they understood. As I sit here and write on the night Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, one of my boys asks me to come tuck him in, as I do every night.
Live updates: Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she doesn’t support filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat before the election
If he were to win, Biden added, Trump should withdraw his nominee. But Biden noted that he would not publicize a shortlist of potential nominees of his own. First, he said he did not want the prospect of being named to the Supreme Court to influence the decisions of any judges currently sitting on lower courts. Second, he anticipated that anyone he named would face a flood of partisan attacks before a nomination hearing that would take place in 2021 at the earliest. “She would endure those attacks for months on end without being able to defend herself,” said Biden, who vowed earlier this year that, if elected, he would nominate the first Black woman to the Supreme Court.
1619 Project creator: Federal government does not set curricula for schools
New York (CNN) President Donald Trump wants to have a say in the curricula for young children in America, but the 1619 Project director Nikole Hannah-Jones wants to remind people that the federal government does not set school curricula. educate people on what he called the "real history of our country — the real history, not the fake history." In a Constitution Day speech earlier this month, Trump attacked the New York Times' 1619 Project , the Pulitzer Prize-winning project that reframes American history around the date of August 1619, when the first slave ship arrived on America's shores. "The federal government does not set curricula," Nikole Hannah-Jones said to CNN Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter on Reliable Sources Sunday. The 1619 Project "aims to reframe the country's history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the very center of our national narrative," according to the New York Times.
People are ditching in-person financial services for apps
But many expect them to stick even after the pandemic ends, which could mean huge growth opportunities for banks investing in new technology capabilities and "fintech" firms that make digital financial services. "I think the pandemic has made it incredibly clear that digital financial services are here to stay," Perret said. As of early May, the company reported adding more than 3 million users in 2020. "It's going from an attitude where people think, 'I do my banking in person,' or, 'I do financial services in person,' to an attitude of thinking, 'I could use these digital services.' While consumers may not ditch their physical bank branches entirely, they increasingly want the option to use digital services.
Past scams complicate Miami-Dade County's contact tracing efforts
(CNN) A history of a scams and fraud in the Miami-Dade County area is haunting Covid-19 contact tracing efforts, according to local officials. "Please do not hang up on contact tracers from the health department," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez said in a news conference Wednesday. "The biggest fear is mistrust," Yesenia Villalta, the administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County said. "They feel that it could be a scam, so that's the biggest factor that we are seeing in terms of not participating in the contact tracing process." Contact tracing is seen as a crucial pillar in the fight against Covid-19, one that goes hand in hand with testing.
Poland's coal dependency hampers climate change efforts
Poland is more dependent on coal than any other EU state, for around 75% of its electricity. A full 8% of that electricity comes from a single brown coal mine, Turow, in the country's southwest. Phil Black travels there to understand the pain of the energy transition -- a change necessary to avoid even greater suffering from climate change.
A rare blue moon will light up the sky on Halloween
The night sky on Halloween will be illuminated by a blue moon, the second full moon in a month. The second full moon, or blue moon, will be visible on October 31. It's the first instance of a blue moon in the Americas since March 2018. It's also the first time a Halloween full moon has appeared for all time zones since 1944, according to Farmers' Almanac . The "once in a blue moon" phenomenon does not necessarily mean the moon will look blue on Halloween.
Pelosi says she will not leverage government shutdown to avoid Senate vote on court seat
(CNN) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday said she would not leverage a government shut down in order to slow down Republicans' push to fill the Supreme Court vacancy following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Asked if there was any way the Democrats could slow down Senate Republicans, Pelosi said Sunday, "Everyone to get out there and vote." And pressed again on what Democrats may do, the House speaker said: "We have our options. We have arrows in our quiver that I'm not about to discuss right now." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump, less than 24 hours following the 87-year-old justice's death, were engaged in a pressure campaign to hold the Republican conference together and push a nominee through the Senate Judiciary Committee and to a full Senate vote before the end of the year.
Here's What Every Current Supreme Court Justice Said About the Passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
With the passing of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, the United States lost a champion in the fight for equal rights between the sexes and a distinguished jurist. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg as we knew her—a tireless and resolute champion of justice.”Justice Clarence Thomas“My wife, Virginia, and I are heartbroken to learn of the passing of our friend, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. With the exception of the brief period between our respective appointments to the Supreme Court, we have since been judicial colleagues. She has been and will continue to be an inspiration for many.”Justice Sonia Sotomayor“My dear friend and colleague Ruth Bader Ginsburg was an American hero. Ruth lived a profoundly meaningful life, and the numerous ways in which she changed ours will never be forgotten.”Justice Elena Kagan“To me, as to countless others, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a hero.
Colorado Attorney General recalls clerking for RBG: ‘I had a front row seat to a true trailblazer’
Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s former clerk and the last person to argue a case before her on the Supreme Court, shares his memories of working with RBG on United States v. Virginia and Romer v. Evans.
Republicans are usually more fired up over SCOTUS. Now, polls say Democrats are.
WASHINGTON — For decades, Republicans have galvanized voters around reshaping the Supreme Court and benefited from it at the ballot box. But in a stark reversal, polls indicate it is Democrats who have the edge in 2020. Among Democrats, 56 percent said the next Supreme Court appointment was "very important," higher than the 48 percent of Republicans who said the same. "The Supreme Court was a very central issue in both the 2016 presidential election and then the 2018 midterm elections," Trump said. Democrats have limited options to stop Republicans, who hold 53 Senate votes and don't need bipartisan support to replace Ginsburg.
The Kansas City Chiefs game will be played on a field that says 'End Racism.' So why don't they?
Every single sports team, professional or otherwise, with a Native American name, mascot and/or logo should have to change it or be banned from their field of play. And, since they’ll be playing on Sunday — for the second weekend in a row, on a field emblazoned with the words “End Racism” — why not start with the Kansas City Chiefs? The issue isn’t that “Chiefs” — unlike the recently removed longtime moniker of the Washington, D.C., NFL team — is a racial slur. The Kansas City Chiefs have, at least, begun to address the fans who have a habit of “playing Indian” in their stands, but they don’t go far enough. It was never OK — but if it’s time to “end racism,” let’s really end racism.
GOP seeking RBG's seat, healthcare repeal analyzed by Stabenow
Senate Republicans seeking the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat, plus the repeal of Obamacare, and more are analyzed by Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Stabenow tells Jonathan Capehart, ‘Our power comes from all of us speaking out, and then using the limited tools we have to create time,’ to oppose the Senate GOP majority.
‘No proposals’ from Senate Democrats to expand the Supreme Court, says Sen. Dick Durbin
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says Senate Democrats are hoping four Republicans will side with them over the “rank hypocrisy” of voting on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee before the election.
NBC/WSJ poll: Biden leads by 8 points nationally
A new NBC/WSJ poll shows Joe Biden with an 8 point lead nationally over President Trump. This lead comes from Biden dominating Trump when it comes to both Black and women voters, NBC’s Garrett Haake reports.
Kenosha, WI voters discuss systemic racism: ‘Until you actually experience it, you can’t fathom it’
Voters in Kenosha, Wisconsin discuss racial inequality and the police shooting of Jacob Blake with MSNBC’s Ali Velshi on the second stop of his “Velshi Across America 2020” tour, which will cover eight swing states before the election.
Supreme Court has dark history RBG helped counter author says
The Supreme Court has a dark history that late former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg helped to counter in her written dissents and more. Irin Carmon, co-author of ‘Notorious RBG,’ joins Jonathan Capehart to discuss.
Lisa Murkowski will not support Supreme Court nomination before election
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski released a statement expressing her opposition to replacing Justice Ginsburg before the November election. She is the second Republican senator to oppose a pre-election vote.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Live Updates: Amid Mourning, Political Fight Heats Up
With Ms. Murkowski and Ms. Collins both publicly voicing their objections to such a timeline, Mr. McConnell can only afford to lose the support of two more Republican senators. He had gone so far as to encourage his members to “keep their powder dry” when asked about a vacancy. While Ms. Collins is embroiled in the toughest race of her political career, Ms. Murkowski is not up for re-election until 2022. She has shown few qualms about breaking with her party in the past, even if it means incurring the wrath of the president. On Sunday morning, Mr. Trump again focused on her, derisively tweeting “No thanks!” after the Alaska Chamber invited people to join an upcoming forum featuring Ms. Murkowski.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg gave her mind to the law ? and her heart to the performing arts
She was the most faithful patron of the performing arts in the upper echelons of officialdom I have ever known. When the artistic directors of Arena Stage and Shakespeare Theatre, Molly Smith and recently retired Michael Kahn, married their partners, it was Ginsburg who officiated. Kahn, founder of the Shakespeare Theatre Company, recalled a day in which Ginsburg took part in a special presentation of the “Henry VI” plays for the company’s lawyers committee. The justice invited her to Washington, to spend time in her chambers, and became a mentor in the process. “I thought, ‘She was the only female in that picture, and it was like she was not intimated,’ ” Williams added.
Live updates: Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she doesn’t support filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat before the election
The Republican National Committee on Sunday emphasized President Trump’s “obligation” to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court in talking points distributed to surrogates and allies ahead of the morning talk shows. The talking points state, among other things, that Trump “has an obligation to fill the seat and he intends to announce his nominee next week,” according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post. Garland is not mentioned in the RNC talking points. “Previous Supreme Court Justices have been confirmed in less than 45 days. Justice Ginsburg was confirmed in just 42 days after her nomination,” reads one of the talking points.
The president had been shot. Then the White House lied about his condition as he slowly died.
President Garfield never boarded the train. The earliest reports on Garfield’s condition varied dramatically. “The favorable condition of the president continues,” according to an 8 p.m. bulletin published in The Chicago Tribune on July 8. “The president has done well during the day,” according to a July 26 White House bulletin published by the Chicago Tribune. Nevertheless, a bulletin quoted by The Post on Aug. 18 described Garfield’s condition as “more hopeful” than the previous day.
Two artists came up with a creative way to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg: a mural in the justice's memory
(CNN) People have been paying tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg all over Washington, DC, by laying flowers and lighting candles on the Supreme Court steps. Two artists with boxes of spray paint wanted to honor her in a creative way. Shawn Perkins and David Zambrano teamed up on Saturday to paint a mural of Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, the second woman appointed to the bench. She died Friday due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer"With the recent passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, there was no question who we would commemorate with this latest piece," Perkins told CNN on Sunday. It took just 24 hours for Perkins and Zambrano to paint the mural on boards that lined the outside of Blackfinn Ameripub near Black Lives Matter Plaza.
Tadej Pogacar wins Tour de France to make history for Slovenia
(CNN) Tadej Pogacar became the first Slovenian to win the Tour de France as the famous three-week race ended on the Champs-Elysees in Paris on Sunday. Pogacar, who celebrates his 22nd birthday on Monday, is the youngest winner since 1904, sealing his triumph with a sensational performance in the mountain time trial on the penultimate stage. Until then it had looked as if his compatriot and long-time leader Primoz Roglic would claim the yellow jersey, but in a remarkable reversal it was Pogacar who won the stage and took the race lead by 59 seconds. Sunday's 21st stage is by tradition a processional affair, with no attempts at breakaways until the concluding eight circuits around the French capital commence.
Trump wants $5 billion from TikTok deal to teach people 'the real history' of US
New York (CNN) The back-and-forth of the TikTok deal has been rocky, but President Donald Trump is certain that he wants to use the deal to create a $5 billion fund to "educate people" about the "real history of our country." He went on to say that as part of the deal, he requested "$5 billion into a fund for education so we can educate people as to real history of our country — the real history, not the fake history." President Trump in August issued an executive order requiring the sale of TikTok by ByteDance, its Chinese parent company, to an American company. The president previously expressed a desire for the companies to make a payment to to the US Treasury as part of the TikTok deal. Trump told rally attendees that TikTok is going to move to the United States — likely Texas — which will create 25,000 jobs, if it all goes as he planned.
Scott Lemieux Trump and McConnell's Supreme Court plan justifies anything the Democrats do in 2021
The real question is what Democrats intend to do if McConnell is able to get a midnight Trump nominee to the Supreme Court confirmed. The philosophical case for reforming the Supreme Court — should Democrats take over the Senate and White House in 2021 — is straightforward. A Supreme Court representing an entrenched, unpopular minority faction that refuses to allow the popular majorities from the other party to effectively govern would be neither democratically legitimate nor politically stable. A Biden administration with a Democratic Congress in 2021 would be no less justified than the Jefferson administration in acting to reform the Supreme Court. The problem Republicans will face after they do so is that expanding the size of the Supreme Court is exactly as legal as a last minute or lame-duck Supreme Court confirmation — and it’s hardly an unprecedented action.
NIAC Statement on Trump’s Snapback Farce
Whether this is mere bluster or portends a potential October surprise remains to be seen but anyone opposed to more reckless wars should be on high alert. "The administration's claims that it has successfully snapped back U.N. sanctions on Iran this evening are a farce that defy the international community and a basic comprehension of facts. Having been rejected repeatedly by our erstwhile negotiating partners at the U.N. Security Council, the Trump administration wants to pretend that U.N. sanctions are back in place. "Meanwhile, South African officials downplayed reports from U.S. officials claiming an assassination plot against the American ambassador, arguing that the intelligence was not credible. "Only by returning to the deal and the negotiating table can this dangerous direction be definitively reversed, which necessitates new leadership in Washington."
Republicans Aren't Hypocrites: A Lesson in Power in the Aftermath of RBG's Death
The object of power is power. Republicans are, as Orwell's ruling class in 1984, interested only in one thing: power for the sake of power. An important thing to remember though, is that these beliefs are only used by the Republican Party because they have these ideological features. It would be easy to say that rank-and-file Republican voters are pawns or dupes in this scenario. But this sells short the psychological wages that rank-and-file Republican voters get when their side obtains power.
Democrats, It's Time for Constitutional Jiujitsu
Her loss is a blow to human decency and constitutional democracy at a time when these things are profoundly in jeopardy. Jiujitsu is not about standing head to head with a thug, trading blow for blow. Jiujitsu is not about standing head to head with a thug, trading blow for blow. The Democrats need to practice jiujitsu now. Democrats need to be clever now.
Climate Science Is Vulnerable to Politics
The Trump administration already has a record of sidelining climate scientists, just as it has done with health scientists, and deleting mentions of climate change in scientific reports. Climate science is even more vulnerable to political influence than something like the pandemic where there is a steady stream of real-time data that is difficult to dispute. Climate data is collected over many years, allowing plenty of time to manipulate it before it sees light of day. The other vulnerability of climate science is that it is largely a model-based science that depends on sophisticated computer models to predict future climate trajectories. This scientific process has worked well because climate scientists around the world collaborate as well as peer review the work of other scientists.
What the Flint Water Crisis Meant for My Family
We didn't yet know we weren't supposed to drink the water. His school didn't know how to handle it, so they started suspending him. We didn't yet know we weren't supposed to drink the water. The doctors had treated me so carelessly they didn't even know there was another baby when they sent me home. That's why the Poor People's Campaign is calling for clean, public water for every person in this country.
Affirming Jim Crow, Israeli Parliament Votes Down Bill Guaranteeing Equality for Palestinian-Israelis
It aimed at altering the constitutional basis of the Israeli state, requiring democratic principles, cultural pluralism, and complete equality for all citizen on both civil and national levels. The bill aimed at providing existential and democratic human rights, especially complete equality and the recognition of the Palestinian-Israeli ethnic identity. The bill aimed at providing existential and democratic human rights, especially complete equality and the recognition of the Palestinian-Israeli ethnic identity. Contrary to international law, Israel refused to allow the 720,000 Palestinians expelled to return to their homes, making their families permanent refugees. During the past year, the Knesset has shot down numerous proposals to amend the National Law to forbid discrimination against non-Jews.
All the Options for Schooling Are Bad—But We Have to Choose Safety
I am among the millions of parents around the country (and more around the world) wondering whether to send our children back to school. This novel coronavirus still stumps world-renowned epidemiologists. How can parents adequately ascertain what's best? Let's be real: This novel coronavirus still stumps world-renowned epidemiologists. How can parents adequately ascertain what's best?
'A Farce': Trump Critics, European Allies Challenge Pompeo Claim About Snapback of UN Sanctions on Iran
"Having been rejected repeatedly by our erstwhile negotiating partners at the U.N. Security Council, the Trump administration wants to pretend that U.N. sanctions are back in place. His claim, which other world leaders swiftly refuted, was paired with a threat that the U.S. will retaliate against countries that don't comply:The United States expects all U.N. Joint statement by America's closest allies in #Europe on the Trump administration's #Iran policy: #US attempt at snapback "incapable of having legal effect". While that report "was met with significant skepticism, mainly because of the Trump administration's lack of credibility and the curious timing of the report," Parsi wrote that "perhaps most importantly, the Trump administration's own conduct raises the most serious red flags." He warned that "reliable or not, leaking the alleged plot does secure headlines of pending Iranian aggression against the United States.
Stephen Cohen Has Died; Remember His Urgent Warnings Against The New Cold War
We should heed the dire warnings that Stephen Cohen spent his last breaths issuing, says Caitlin Johnstone. “And the reason is that we’re in a new cold war, by whatever name. And at that time, the option was nuclear war.”“A recurring theme of my recently published book War with Russia? is that the new Cold War is more dangerous, more fraught with hot war, than the one we survived,” Cohen wrote last year. “This too is a major theme of my book and another reason why this Cold War is more dangerous than was its predecessor.
Do the Right Thing: Obey RBG's Last Wish
For the second time in less than five years, Republicans are ignoring the rules and in broad daylight attempting to steal a Supreme Court seat. For the second time in less than five years, Republicans are ignoring the rules and in broad daylight attempting to steal a Supreme Court seat. From the vantage point of age and experience, Justice Ginsburg was more hopeful about the future than many of us are these days. On the wall of her chambers, there hung a quote from Deuteronomy in the Old Testament: "Justice, justice shall thou pursue, that thou may thrive." May we demonstrate the righteousness, courage, and devotion—those most basic values—that Justice Ginsburg sincerely believed she saw in us.
Former GOP Chair to Trump supporters: There is no need to get punked any longer
Former GOP Chair Michael Steele has a message to Donald Trump supporters. Trump supporters: Wake up for the sake of the countrySee full episodes here. Michael Steele has been on a tear for anyone who would listen. She pointed out that the facts are out now that Trump knew COVID-19 was deadly. She then passed the baton to Michael Steele.
ME, SC, NC, AZ, GA, CO & MT-Sen: Slate Magazine's The Surge Ranks These 7 Senate Races To Watch
Sen. Susan Collins (R. ME)Received this e-mail on Friday from Slate Magazine’s The Surge where they rank these seven U.S. Senate races to watch:1. (For more on both the Maine Senate race and Biden’s growth among older voters, clicky clicky.) GeorgiaWe’ve got two Senate races in Georgia this year. The reason all of these races are so tight is because the Republican candidates are all kind of bad. Click below to donate and get involved with Biden and these Senate Democrats campaigns:Biden-HarrisSara Gideon (D. ME)Jaime Harrison (D. SC)Cal Cunnningham (D. NC)Mark Kelly (D. AZ)Jon Ossoff (D. GA)Raphael Warnock (D. GA)John Hickenlooper (D. CO)Steve Bullock (D. MT)
Morals as a Means
I believe looking at Boyd’s Discourse in Winning and Losing is much like looking in Dumbledore’s pensieve; it’s hard to get one’s head around the thoughts whirling and swirling. * Boyd’s work may have a suggestion as to a means to hasten calm which should reduce or resolve discord thus allowing for harmony. This comes from morals as the means. ”“ Corruption - Occurs when individuals or groups, for their own benefit, violate codes of conduct or standards of behavior that they profess or are expected to uphold. But if he demands integrity, then give him loyalty.”* Henri Jomini in The Art of War:
SEPTEMBER: National Paralysis Month
--Roman ReedSEPTEMBER IS NATIONAL PARALYSIS MONTHBy Don C. ReedOn September 10th, 1994, my son Roman Reed received a spinal cord injury while playing college football. California named a law after him, the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999, which funded some of the world’s first stem cell paralysis research. Roman helped develop a similar law, the T.J. Atchison Spinal Cord Injury Research Act in Alabama. on Proposition 14: the California Stem Cell Research, Treatments and Cures Initiative of 2020. general interestexplanatory pieces — and 21 links to attempts to defeat spinal cord injury paralysis.
If he does, he will be sworn into the Senate by November 30th, DURING the lame-duck session. In other words, folks: winning this election — beating Trump and taking back the Senate — just became so much more vital than it already was: WE CAN SAVE GINSBURG’S SEAT. But the point of all of this — is that there is a VERY possible chance that Biden, in January, could be in the position of nominating Ginsburg’s replacement. We WIN THE ELECTION: Biden beats Trump and Dems win the Senate, including Mark Kelly winning in Arizona. Biden is sworn into office in January and nominates Ginsburg’s replacement.
MFWOT Daily Update Thread
Part of a boat that ran aground near Mauritius. Mojo Friday’s Weekly Open ThreadThis is a diary for those who continue to participate in the Mojo Friday diary throughout the week. You are welcome to join us
I am Voting by Mail
The email says:“Your ballot for the 2020 General Election was accepted. Thank you for voting!”I am getting emails on the status of my ballot because I signed up for Ballottrax which is available in North Carolina this year. Even if my ballot was lost in the mail or my mailing was rejected by he election office, I would get a chance for a redo because I mailed it early. Even if you deliver your ballot without using the post office, deliver it early and track your ballot. 2% of ballots are being rejected so far in North Carolina for this election, and these are the one’s that are received so it has nothing to do with the post office.
In Memoriam, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: We fight, we donate: U.S. is NOT Trumpland.? Poll ? Sun. Good News
Surprised, indignant and appalled, we made phone calls and eventually found Mrs. Holly at the Michigan Civil Rights Commission. Mrs. Holly said she would contact our credit union and inform them of the law. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, if you are reading this, thank you very much! Going Forward, we no longer have Ruth Bader Ginsburg to hold the line and fight for us against our opponents. Our anger and worry and fear and joy and love will motivate us, as will our gratitude for Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her work.
When you least expect it.
I woke abruptly from a dream, in which my dad visited. (In the dream) I was sitting at my kitchen table when a short tap on the front door preceded Dad’s entrance. Age 18 Age 43 Age 76My dad succumbed to the Covid virus on March 6th, 2020. For those that have seen the hawk hunting video, I offer this moment. 17 pounds of “when you least expect it”.
Ohio lawmaker, state representative, Tania Galonski, is considering asking The Hague to prosecute Donald J. Trump for crimes against humanity. 4. withholding federal aid ppe and medical equipment from first defenders in the medical field. 5. withholding federal aid ppe and medical equipment from democratic states, his political opponents. Ordering the CDC and the FDA, to minimize and outright lie about the number of deaths due to the disease. 7. preventing scientific experts in the field of virology to report the proven facts of the coronavirus to the American people.
Biden has an aggressive plan to fight climate change: Day 67 out of 100 days of loving Joe Biden
Joe Biden is pushing by far the most aggressive plan to address climate change in U.S. presidential history. His path reflects the convergence of science, energy and activism trends. The culmination shows the new permanence the problem has gained on the campaign trail despite President Trump’s dismissal of it. Although this election is more about other issues, its outcome will significantly shape future efforts on this front. The Biden campaign, along with an increasing number of companies, states and countries, are now calling for a net-zero carbon goal by 2050, far more aggressive than the Obama administration’s 2016 goal.
Your Handy Guide to Trump Scandals & Corruption
Failing to find a useful guide to donald’s vast array of scandals, I decided to create my own. There have been so many scandals over the past four years that I can guarantee you’ve forgotten some of them. Another curious UAE note – donald’s campaign allowed that government an advance opportunity to edit one of his speeches. Believe me.” Abuse of the Trump hotel 3 blocks from the White House – actually a federal property leased to the Trump Organization – has been particularly egregious . The abuses at the Trump Turnberry resort in Scotland have also stood out for their rank corruption.
An alternative to simply adding more Justices to the Supreme Court
Every suggestion I’ve seen in response to McConnell’s avowed intent to add another right-winger to the Court has been simply to add more liberal justices. Take the Supreme Court out of politics altogether by an entirely new scheme: instruct each appellate circuit (there are 11) to nominate one of its own judges to serve on the Supreme Court. Demote all of the current Justices to appellate court seats (most, I’m sure, will retire). (They’re guaranteed life tenure as judges, not life tenure on the Supreme Court.) Ditto for the Justices whose terms expire.
Dawn Chorus: One yard, two worlds (worlds apart in 100 feet)
The front yard (Henry and Henrietta in the circle with St Francis)I’m at home this summer, as I was this spring. So to summarize: In the front “yard” this summer, I had nesting pygmy nuthatches and nesting western bluebirds and nesting violet-green swallows, and somewhere close by nesting crows! The front yard and the back yard of my home are like morning and evening, spring and fall, mutt and jeff, ice cream and cake. Here’s what the back yard looks like:The back yard with its post-wildfire wildflowersThe back yard is the Dog Domain. The pine trees are not in the back yard, so it isn’t dirt and pine cones and needles either.
(Lampooned & Harpooned)
And what is his gut saying? You should hear this.”“So now you’re a stomach grumble interpreter?”“Among my many talents, yes.” Middie give a slight chuckle. “Oh man, Trump’s gut could do stand up comedy. Trump’s breadbasket is saying, ‘Lord help me when Trump gets his palanquin.’”“Palanquin?” I nearly shouted. Lord help everyone!’”The second Middie said that, Trump turned around and left, saying, “See you on Tucker tonight.
Calling out the North Carolina GOP's ties to white supremacy. How'd we do?
Until it was recently shuttered due to campaign finance violations, the “NC Heritage PAC” was the official political vehicle for the NC Sons of Confederate Veterans. They gave strongly to a group of far-right Republicans in our state. We're still testing the best way to call that out in graphic form. How’d we do?
Distressed Sunflowers: A Parable for Our Times
By Hal BrownThe sunflower’s yellow color symbolizes vitality, intelligence, and happiness. I call them the distressed sunflowers named after a beautiful poem about grief by Donald Hall, a former poet laureate of the United States. The poem is distressed as building blocks wrongly put together could be said to result in a structure that was distressed (an very unusual use of the word). Hall offers a double meaning of the word distressed, the haiku is distressed but so is the message of intense grief. The sunflowers, if they could react to this, would be more distressed.
2020: Honoring RBG and Helping After Laura
PROJECT #1 Project: Science Magazines Resources: Help me give my students access to high quality non-fiction texts and videos. Thank you helping to satisfy my students' curiosity in science! PROJECT #2 Project: Learning After Laura Resources: Help me give my students materials they need for virtual learning this year! We were scheduled to return to school two days before Hurricane Laura hit, so school was postponed again. She wanted some new science picture books to share with her class, and we helped out through the project Science Opens a World Through Books!
Electoral Gold Mine #1: Texas!
It’s a Tossup for Texas’ 38 electoral votes. Wendy DavisTossups: TX-21, TX-22, TX-24TX-21 Wendy Davis is a former Texas State Senator running to represent District 21 in Congress. National Democrats see Texas' 24th Congressional District as a prime pick up as suburban communities — not long ago considered safe Republican territory — across the country shift politically. Now the seat is up for election again, and national Democrats are paying attention.……Texas Statehouse racesTop 22 State House Districts identified by Texas Democratic Party.
Three years ago, Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico—and the island still has not recovered
Danica Coto, an Associate Press correspondent based in Puerto Rico, is a journalist everyone should follow. The most tenacious congressional voice for Puerto Rico has been Rep. Nydia Velázquez, a Democrat from New York. Most of the money will be used to rebuild the power grid that was destroyed by Hurricane Maria, 3yrs ago today. The Biden-Harris Plan For Recovery, Renewal and Respect for Puerto Rico is a good beginning—on paper. So if you want to really help Puerto Rico, let our votes become a blue tidal wave that will sweep away those blue tarps, and help Puerto Rico build a solid future.
I restore a 1950 benchtop table saw gifted to me by a DK community member. How cool is that?
First, I want to give a great big shout-out to DK community member Rknrobin. She offered to donate her grandfather’s circa 1950 Marcus Pollak benchtop table saw for renovation if I could cover the shipping. Disassembly took a good hour or three — Most all of the nuts and bolts needed heat/WD-40 to break them loose. To operate a table saw of this size, the motor has to run at 3200 RPM minimum. I had a great time bringing this saw back to life and I’m not done with it yet.
We must show UNITY in these critical times when Democracy is at stake. BLM should be subdued if we want to avoid carnage. Protest need to be done with Unity and where we do not give Trump the right to shoot to kill as he did Daniels and others. Bernie supporters must join hands and if they feel something is lacking- “Do something about it”. We need Republicans who belief in Democracy to join and save our Country.
New Day Cafe: Sunday In The Cafe
There will be a few surprises along the way, all good ones, we hope. I had a nice day, in spite of the sad and wretched news. The Notorious RGB had an incredible life, was loved so very much, and has gone on to her much-deserved reward. ;)I was going to ask a serious question about something that happened to me on social media. It’s Sunday morning, and who needs to be reminded of how serious life is, social media aside?
Dkos Community Weekly Sangha Thread
Welcome to the Dkos Sangha weekly open thread. This is an open thread for members of the Dkos Sangha and interested visitors who happen by. Buddhist teachers believe these four attitudes can replace anxious and fearful states of mind. When emotions around fear or anxiety become too strong, Buddhist teachers say one should recall examples of compassion, kindness and empathy. Use this time to reflectTimes of uncertainty, Buddhist teachers argue, can be good opportunities for putting these teachings into practice.
Jonathan Capehart just gave us the Dukakis in a helmet ad for 2020
I don’t know how many people are old enough to understand the Michael Dukakis in a tank wearing a helmet commercial. At his rally in North Carolina yesterday, on the day the COVID death toll reached 200,000 Trump was dancing to a 1970’s anthem (From the Village People!!!). Capehart showed this on his show and pointed out the day Trump did this on. Can you imagine the commercial — Trump dancing on the day we reached 200,000. But it is the visual, Trump looking like a total doofus.
Believers in Heaven lead us into Hell
After almost 4 decades, the conservative project to re-make the supreme court is within their grasp. No group will have played a latger role in bringing us to this point than Evangelical Christians. The total and complete end to abortion on demand in the United States. For decades, these single issue voters have reliably voted for horrible people in the hope that they would end abortion. Yes, they will likely end Abortion, but the trade they have made will make America a distinctly less Christian place.
Good News From New York
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ha announced that he has formed a committee to select a site here in Brooklyn and a sculptor to erect a statue to RBG. I don’t know how king this will take, it New York, and especially her Borough of Birth, Brooklyn will be honoring her.
They are gleeful about the opportunity to dishonor the legacy of a great American, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Above all, they want civil war. There will be war, but not a neat war north against south. Instead, a chaotic war with dozens if not hundreds of pockets. The civil war will rage for years.
The American pilot and war hero you've probably never heard of: Eugene Jacques Bullard
Bullard was an expat living in France, and when World War 1 broke out he joined the French Infantry. In 1916 he joined the French air service and he first trained as a gunner but later he trained as a pilot. When the United States finally joined the war, Bullard was the only member of the Escadrille or the French Flying Corps who was NOT invited to join the US Air Service. At that time the Air Service only accepted white men. By the end of the war, Bullard had become a national hero in France, but he later moved back to the U.S. where he was of course completely unknown.
Humor (with a "Who Lost the Week?" poll)
CHEERS to Bill and Michael in PWM, our Laramie, Wyoming-based friend Irish Patti and ...... well, each of you at Cheers and Jeers. Have a fabulous weekend .... and week ahead. A bonus for this week: there is one question in common. Elizabeth Warren ... is actually twenty years older...... and finally, for a song of the week ...........................… with my time away, did not have a chance to compile a full profile. And with its crutch, its old age and its wisdomIt whispers "No, this will be ... the last" And the wind cries Mary
Maya Rudolph wins an Emmy for her portrayal of Kamala Harris on SNL. Tune in on 10
On a lighter note…Congratulations to Maya Rudolph on winning an Emmy for her portrayal of Kamala Harris on Saturday Night Live. — Television Academy (@TelevisionAcad) September 20, 2020Just days before the award was announced Maya joined Amy Schumer, Hillary Clinton, and Kamala Harris for a fundraiser. — Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) September 17, 2020This’ll be fun! x SNL announces Comedian/actor Jim Carey will play Joe Biden beginning Oct 3rd with the new 46th season. Maya Rudolph will play Kamala Harris & Alec Baldwin will return as Trump.
Human Origins: Animal communication systems
In their chapter on primate communication in The Oxford Handbook of Language Evolution, Frans de Waal and Amy Pollick write:“The evolution of language is typically debated within a hypothetical framework, but we can look to extant non-human primate communication to help shape the discussion.”The studies of animal communication systems have included examinations of these systems in situ (that is, how animals communicate in the wild) and animal communication systems among captive animals, often in zoos. Recognizing that language has both vocal and gestural components, researchers have also examined these elements in animal communication systems. Studies of Vervet monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops) are often cited as evidence of an innate animal communication system. This is no mere matter of degree—in vocabulary, something altogether different has evolved from anything seen in the natural communication systems of other animals.”Studies of animal communication systems in non-human primates illustrates a number of differences from language. More Human OriginsHuman Origins: ProtolanguageHuman Origins: Language is innateHuman Origins: The Sounds of LanguageHuman Origins: How children learn languageHuman Origins: Making Spoken Language PossibleHuman Origins: Rock Art as Proto-WritingHuman Origins: Religion and the brainHuman Origins: Cooperation
A Handy Tool to Flip the Senate
I know you're scared and angry right now, perhaps wondering what you can do. One of the most important goals right now is winning the senate, and with enough seats to overcome some of the conservative Dems afterwards. It shows the current modeling (based on historical trends and continuously updated high-quality polls) so you can identify the most competitive races. Currently, my model has Dems typically winning 51 seats, but there are a bunch more in reach (including Lindsey Graham's). Use the links to donate or volunteer.
'One of the most nauseating acts of political hypocrisy in decades'
Mitch McConnell by DONKEYHOTEYThis post originally appeared on the Kentucky State AFL-CIO website. Alec MacGillis aptly titled his 2014 McConnell book The Cynic: The Political Education of Mitch McConnell. Goldberg added that "to rush a new Trump appointee onto the court" is "one of the most nauseating acts of political hypocrisy in decades." McConnell interned for Cooper in the mid-60s, when Cooper was among a dwindling number of liberal and moderate Republicans. "But Mitch McConnell couldn’t wait.
Grokking Trumpists: Prius or Pickup?
A Quick Look BackPoliticians have weaponized worldviews and child-rearing since long before the Athenian republic faced off against Spartan militarism. The US went to war over slave vs. free, and has only very slowly been recovering from it. Worse yet, the railroads could offer these new immigrants mortgages on land given to them by the Federal government. But our book today, Prius or Pickup? It also had strong discriminant validity, being largely uncorrelated with the other 10 MPQ Scales and WAIS Full Scale IQ.
Montana Senate -- More Bang For Your Buck $$
Steve BullockThere are many worthy Democratic U.S. Senate candidates this year, and it would be great to be able to donate each one. So a suggestion which Senate race will give you the most bang for your buck — Steve Bullock in Montana. Steve Bullock is the popular and progressive Democratic governor of Montana, and he is challenging the incumbent Republican senator, Steve Daines, in one of the closest races in the country.…Although a number of the Senate races this year have received more media attention, because of its very small population (just barely over one million), Montana offers the opportunity for the most impact per dollar contributed. So, if you are able, please send a few bucks to Steve Bullock’s campaign, and help take back the Senate.
Why wear a Mask?
Why wear a Mask during the COVID Pandemic? The main reason for wearing a mask during the COVID pandemic is not to prevent the mask wearer from getting the disease but it is to prevent the mask wearing from passing the disease on to others during the 2-10-day period between becoming infected and developing the symptoms of the disease. Another good reason for wearing a mask is that in places where people are careful to wear masks and practice social distancing, the spread of the disease has been brought down to low levels so that we can safely start reopening the economy. Mask haters complain that requiring them to wear a mask violates their freedom. This is the price we pay in order to live together peacefully in large cities and even in small towns.
My pick for the next Supreme Court seat
Supreme Court Justice Michelle Obama in a pensive moodNo one said that politics is twiddle winks and the gloves are off as Chuck Schumer said. Nothing like putting a hot poker stick into the wasp nest and stirring it up. The thought that he has to give some of the spotlight to some WOMAN is besides the point. They want a war, let’s give them a warThe rules are clear that the president of the United States has a right (and a duty) to put up his own nominee for an open Supreme Court vacancy. Michelle Obama would be more than happy to improve the cafe at the Supreme Court as well as open the door every time it knocks.
"Doubt" and "A Wilderness of Error"
That’s because “Doubt” is really not about what the priest did or did not do, it’s about … well, doubt. Watch “Doubt” thinking that the priest is guilty, and the pieces will fall neatly into place as the story progresses. But watch “Doubt” thinking that the priest is being wrongfully accused, and the pieces fall into place just as neatly. Eventually, though, my interest waned and I moved on; it’s been a long time since I’ve given much thought to the MacDonald case. Subsequent publications, like Fatal Justice and A Wilderness of Error, have done little to dispel that narrative.
Sending out an SOS
My treatment began with a craniotomy to remove a life-threatening tumor from my brain. Since then, every step I have taken, every breath I have breathed has been on borrowed time. It’s my “least common denominator”-tie to RBG, I suppose, and partly what inspired this free-association RANT. But cancer, especially stage IV, is forever. Because this time it's not just the country that's on the line, not just a matter of human suffering/loss/death, but the PLANET.
Spirituality and team spirit
Pancakes and sausageI think spiritual ecstasy might be related to love and team spirit. If you feel love for the winning team, it's very emotionally satisfying. The team could be the church or the sangha or other religious group. I think ecstatic destruction, like the Lakers fans, could be one of the normal forms of spiritual life, like with human sacrifice or potlatch. Not that I'm recommending human sacrifice.
Do Not Despair -- The Democratic Blue Wave is built on Votes; It is built on Hope -- Not Fear
A 59% chance is WAY better than the alternative -- a 41% chance, of Moscow Mitch staying in power. —I still remember when the punditry were scoffing at the chances of Dems retaking the Senate. But ever since GOP Senators got tagged with the boat anchor that IS Donald Trump, those curt dismissals of a November Democratic Trifecta, are not quite so common. —From CNBCThe critical 2020 Senate races
Today’s Poem: "Aphrodite Metropolis" by Kenneth Fearing.
Aphrodite MetropolisHarry loves Myrtle—He has strong arms, from the warehouse,And on Sunday when they take the bus to emerald meadows he doesn’t say:“What will your chastity amount to when your flesh withers in a little while?”No,On Sunday, when they picnic in emerald meadows they look at the Sunday paper:GIRL SLAYS BANKER-BETRAYERThey spread it around on the grassBATH-TUB STIRS JERSEY ROWAnd then they sit down on it, nice. Harry doesn’t say “Ziggin’s Ointment for withered flesh,Curesthousands of men and women of motes, warts, red veins,flabby throat, scalp and hair diseases,Not expensive, and fully guaranteed.”No,Harry says nothing at all,He smiles,And they kiss in the emerald meadows on theSunday paper. Kenneth Fearing
SCOTUS hopefuls Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton can't see the hypocrisy in seating a judge in election year
Now, I knew they’d be pricks about this regardless, but isn’t a little convenient that they’re both on Donald Trump’s SCOTUS nominee short list? Of course they’re going to start accusing the Democrats of hypocrisy for actually trying to hold Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and Ted Cruz to their word. Ted Cruz is 180 pounds of sweaty lies and suet wrapped in back bacon and sophistry. Is this the kind of brilliant legal analysis we can expect from Cotton if he’s appointed to the Supreme Court? Dear F*cking Lunatic: 101 Obscenely Rude Letters to Donald Trump and its boffo sequels Dear Pr*sident A**clown: 101 More Rude Letters to Donald Trump and Dear F*cking Moron: 101 More Letters to Donald Trump by Aldous J. Pennyfarthing are now available for a song!
The Daily Bucket
the 3 treesThe Daily Bucket is a nature refuge. Grand fir, being a true fir, has its cones way up on the highest branches, and they sit pointing upward. The scales fall away from the core individually and disappear into the duff below. Here’s a picture of some of the scales:true fir cone scales were littered all over the yard, these are just some I scooped upDouglas fir is not a true fir. ?Sunny and BLUE SKY today, first time in many days (I drafted this bucket before the smoke event).
Senate Polls: Ossoff Tied in GA, Bullock -1% in MT, Greenfield +3 in IA
The same set of polls showed Trump has a 1% edge in Georgia and leads by only 2% in Texas. Their last poll in June was released two days after the Senate poll. US Senate Polls 9/19 and 9/20 State Pollster & Rating Dem Rep Biden Trump IA Seltzer & Co (A+) Greenfied 45% Ernst 42% - - TX YouGov (B) Hegar 41% Cornyn 46% 46% 48% MN Red. (-) Smith 51% Lewis 36% 51% 42% MT Siena (A+) Bullock 44% Daines 45% 42% 49% GA Red. (-) Special election Ossoff 43% Warnock 21% Lieberman15% Perdue 43% Loeffer 26% Collins 19% 45% 46%Another poll by YouGov released today has Biden leading in Florida by 48% to 46%.
Final Warning: Don't Count on November
McConnell is quick to congratulate Trump and praise Barr for protecting democracy from the forces of evil. All will be blatant lies, of course, but that’s Trump’s GOP stock in trade, and as predictable as tomorrow’s sunrise. Never mind that those actions are illegal and unconstitutional, that doesn’t bother Trump, McConnell, or Barr in the slightest. The Democratic Party will go to court of course, but those courts are now packed with Trump loyalists, so good luck on that. Don’t think for a moment that somehow this won’t, this can’t happen here.
Staggering (but not surprising) Hypocrisy and Deceit
2016, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas): “It has been 80 years since a Supreme Court vacancy was nominated and confirmed in an election year. The American people shouldn’t be denied a voice.”2016, Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.): “The campaign is already under way. For this reason, I believe the vacancy left open by Justice Antonin Scalia should not be filled until there is a new president.”2016, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo. ): “The Senate should not confirm a new Supreme Court justice until we have a new president.”2016, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Col.): “I think we’re too close to the election. The president who is elected in November should be the one who makes this decision.”2016, Sen.
North Carolina Open Thread: Cape Hatteras Lighthouse
Often referred to as America's Lighthouse, the fully-functioning Cape Hatteras lighthouse still flashes a nightly beacon that rotates every 7 seconds and can be seen up to 20 miles out to sea. National Park ServiceHistoryConstruction of a lighthouse at Cape Hatteras was first authorized in 1794 when Congress recognized the danger posed to Atlantic shipping. Working with the natural conditions, the foreman, Dexter Stetson, used a “floating foundation” for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse received the famous black and white stripe daymark pattern in 1873. The demonstration went well, but the beacon atop the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is decades old and needs constant repair.
My life is unimaginable if RBG had not existed.
I’ve had a couple days to process my feelings about RBG. Hell, my search for a life companion started with “I want to marry my best friend” not anything else. Where the victories lay were similar to the one that so profoundly affected my life. So it never really occurred to me until she was gone how profoundly she affected my life, and the lives of those I love the most. Nothing I have done or ever will do can compare to the impact she had on my life, a person she never knew existed.
President Biden Addresses the Issue of the Supreme Court
President Biden Action on Supreme CourtWhite House AddressPresident BidenMarch 20, 2021My Fellow AmericansToday I will be signing the Judiciary Act of 2021 that increases the number of Supreme Court justices from 9 to 13. In the first place, the current court has simply not been able to keep up with our growing population and the increased legal and technical complexity of the cases presented. The population of our nation has grown almost 10 times since they last codified the number of justices into law. Currently the Supreme Court is only able to hear about 1% of the total cases that are presented to them. These new judges will greatly help the court provide justice to a far greater number of deserving Americans.
“Virginia GOP” Is Trending On Twitter…and NOT For Any Good Reasons! LOL
and news about Trump Republicans engaging in voter intimidation at the Fairfax County Government Center went viral. Today, “Virginia GOP” is trending, and not for any good reason(s). He is head of Virginia GOP — Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) September 20, 2020x The Virginia GOP no longer supports Law & Order. — Mrs. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) September 20, 2020x Why does the Virginia GOP hate democracy? — Molly Jong-Fast? (@MollyJongFast) September 20, 2020x The decline of the Virginia GOP is wild — Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) September 20, 2020x Whew—the GOP in Virginia has really lots its way.
Demoralization Is a Weapon
Many, many people are working to good the badsDemoralization is a weapon. This article from Healthline contains suggestions on how to fight depression — and demoralization has a lot in common with depression. There is no shame in feeling down, especially when so many bad things happen. This is especially good in the evening or the early morning, when that greenery has released its oxygen into the world. Remember, demoralization is a weapon.
What Does Trump Mean By Promoting “Patriotic Education” and Why Does It Involve TikTok?
He posted a long tweet thread on its influence on Donald Trump’s interest in “patriotic education.” Not civics education, mind you. Some years ago, I took a course in "patriotic education" for my book THE FAMILY. 12/That's from a textbook called "The American Republic for Christian Schools," published by Bob Jones University Press, a major Christian nationalist education publisher. 17/"History is God's working in man," the director of a popular Christian nationalist education publisher told me. 35/"Cognitive dissonance" is maybe a good place to pause this thread on Christian nationalist roots of Trump's "patriotic education" initiative.
More Than Heroes
I'm talking to you, DemocratsIn mid-May 2020, the House of Representatives passed the HEROES Act. I am therefore calling on Congress to pass a more robust bill, which I call the “Major Heroes Act”, to address these shortcomings. The HEROES Act is billed as a $3 trillion stimulus, but the actual amounts appear to add up to another trillion dollars. The Major Heroes Act would add these new provisions:All allocations in HEROES would be bumped up by 35%. Any bill passed at this point can no longer be validly compared to the “$3 trillion” HEROES Act.
The Black Ledger: Cast REVEAL
Winning the war: discredit McConnell to rebalance the Supreme Court
Plus he doesn’t care if people don’t like him. He doesn’t care about fairness, honor, or civility, and he’s realized that the public at large is deeply cynical about honor among politicians. He doesn’t care about overall progress as a nation, or the ability to collaborate, compromise or even improve others’ ideas. That said, most people are disgusted by Trump’s corruption, indecency and faithlessness. The goal should be to tie Trump’s corruption to McConnell, the nominee, and even the Supreme Court at large.
Sunday Pundit Round-up: The Notorious RBG Edition
I suspect that the grounding that I received in the study of America in those 11th grade classes really affects what I think about the death of Justice Ginsburg today. For a variety of reasons, including tradition, most Supreme Court justices seem to keep their humanity under wraps. He was 98. — FacesOfCOVID (@FacesOfCOVID) September 17, 2020I rather liked this essay by Edith Roberts of the Washington Post about the precision of Justice Ginsburg. That happened (more than once) at my interview for a clerkship with her on a federal court of appeals in Washington, before she became a Supreme Court justice, and she hired me anyway. Should Joe Biden win and the Senate flip, packing the Supreme Court by adding more justices will be the only way for Democrats to fight fire with fire.
Need some evidence that progressive are fired up?
From the files of DON'T MESS WITH US: Small-dollar donors have given $100 million on ActBlue since 8 p.m. FridayThat is just ONE of our fundraising arms. For comparison: the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and their two largest affiliated fundraising committees raised $210 million in all of August. ActBlue raised nearly half that amount in the 38 hours since the Supreme Court announced Ginsburg had died. R2V has identified key places in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Wisconsin where your donation will be able to reach potential new voters before their state deadlines. For every $2 raised, R2V will be able to reach one new voter by first class expedited mail.
Steve Schmidt: "Do not let the fascists, racists and conspiracy theorists make you afraid..."
Steve Schmidt is one of those never Trumpers who we’ll never agree with on most policy, but he’s a patriot who is fighting to save our democracy. We are in a truly historic fight for the soul and very survival of the idea of America. The latest Twitter thread from Steve Schmidt as compiled by Nathan Max. Do not let small men with tyranny and malice in their heart, or hypocrites with no core, make you afraid for our future or of your countrymen and women.Do not let the fascists, racists and conspiracy theorists make you afraid of your neighbors or the strangers who could be your friend. Let us resolve to never let this happen again.
Music continues to sustain Puerto Ricans, 3 years after Hurricane Maria
As Executive Director she felt the obligation to offer all the help they could to the musicians of Puerto Rico. That money was donated to the JFA so that they could help the musicians of Puerto Rico affected by the hurricane, she said. While she was part of the band, she made several contributions with productions and artists in Puerto Rico and abroad. (The video for “Odio” revisits one of Puerto Rico’s historical wounds, the 1978 police shooting of two activists seeking Puerto Rican independence.) [...] In early investigations, however, Puerto Rican and U.S. justice departments upheld that the officer(s) engaged in no wrongdoing, having acted in self-defense.
A Combative Chuck Todd destroys GOP Senator with his own words calling out Republicans as hypocrites
Chuck Todd, in an uncharacteristically combative manner, grilled Republican Senator John Barrasso about the hypocrisy of the GOP not delaying Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement till after the election. Chuck Todd was almost perfect in this one except that he gave Senator John Barrasso two much airspace in between his piercing attacks with the facts about the senator and the GOP’s lying hypocrisy. Democrats rightfully expect the same “rules” to apply after the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg affectionately known as RBG. Suffice it to say, Chuck Todd’s statement near the end of the interview is most apropos. “You have no regrets that Senate Republicans are going to look like hypocrites 44 days before the election,” Chuck Todd said.
Karl Rove & Steve Bannon Told Us the Republican Plan
Karl Rove Told Us the PlanKarl Rove brazenly told us in W's admin that there would be a permanent Republican Party in charge. Just to put this in context, Trump is catering to the white Christian fundamentalists (evangelicals). She talked about Trump's REAL plan, which is echoed by Steve Bannon. It's the overthrow of democracy Republicans wanted. Not voting or voting 3rd party is a vote for Trump and Christian fundamentalism, Christian ISIS, and a coming holocaust.
Pelosi promises Democrats will 'use every arrow in our quiver' when it comes to Supreme Court
She stressed that the “main goal” is ultimately to “protect the integrity of the election as we protect the people from the coronavirus." You can vote,” the speaker stressed. When we weigh the equities of protecting our democracy, requires us to use every arrow in our quiver.”Here is that clip. We have arrows in our quiver that I’m not about to discuss right now,” Speaker Pelosi tells @GStephanopoulos when pressed on what Democrats would do if Pres. — This Week (@ThisWeekABC) September 20, 2020Lastly, Stephanopoulos asked about another big topic among progressives: expanding the court.
Democratic donors set records in donations following Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing
As of writing this story, ActBlue has officially announced that it has surpassed the $100 million mark. x Small-dollar donors have now given $100 million on ActBlue since 8 p.m. — ActBlue (@actblue) September 20, 2020Generating the money will help Democratic candidates in the upcoming weeks, but is not the defining factor. These letters have proven effective at being the "nudge" that many folks need to cast a ballot. Sign up today to get an account at Vote Forward, and start writing your letters from home, no matter where you live.
Armed vigilantes, forced sterilization, conservative pastors, and more you might have missed
The Trump administration has become known for its inhumane treatment of migrant women, pregnant people, and other vulnerable populations in the detention system. Federal agencies specifically targeted pregnant migrants as part of the “zero tolerance” policy, setting off a chain of events in which hospitals separate mothers from their newborns. ICE also covertly changed its policy regarding pregnant people requiring they be detained instead of released, and Border Patrol has pushed doctors to “clear” pregnant migrants for detention. Not a very classy position is it, neither is your trashy little bitter personality towards white men. Speaking of white men who can’t shut up…Debunking Trump’s Affordable Housing LiesBy Cara ZelayaI’ve made another video over on our YouTube channel!
New study shows how racial disparities in mass incarceration drive economic inequality, too
You might think that people who’ve been convicted of a misdemeanor wouldn’t take much of an earnings hit, but they do—an average of 16% a year. People who’ve been convicted of a felony but not imprisoned lose an average of 22% a year. On average, formerly imprisoned people earn nearly half a million dollars less over their careers than they might have otherwise,” the report’s authors write. This lifetime earnings loss, the study’s authors note, “does not account for missed opportunities for additional wealth generation, from Social Security benefits to accrued interest on retirement accounts to forgone investment opportunities. A criminal justice system that targets Black and Latino people, leading in turn to a serious loss of lifetime earnings, drives that wealth gap even further.
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End [Their Federal Reserve System = An Exclusive Banking Cartel]
'The United States Note issued directly from the Treasury seems like a sensible solution'(Image by New World Economics) Details DMCAChart 1 N.M. Rothschild , London - Bank of England, at the top of the banking cartel are not the American people, the United States, or the Federal Government - they are banking dynasties vs. #MonetarySovereignty . These banks, their associates, and stockholders, own and operate their private Federal Reserve System [the twelve district banks are private corporations], printing the money of the United States [Federal Reserve Note], and making loans to the Federal Government at interest. These bankers have exclusive monopoly power to print the money [Federal Reserve Note] of the American people and make loans to the Federal Government at interest for their profit. They charge interest [up to 6%] on every dollar that they print and loan back to the Federal Government. Certainly, in a sovereign, free and independent nation, like the United States, their money must also be made sovereign, so the citizens are not forever in debt to a cartel of private bankers.
Coma by the Sea (A Prose Poem)
- Toni Wollf , Structural Forms of the Feminine Psyche (1951)He falls asleep to her broken voice whispering, through fist-clenched hair, "No more. A receding oceanic tide encapsulated in a single salty tear out of which all life forms. "Doctor," some familiar voice rose up off its knees, the doctor gazed down, as if from the belfry of a mile high cathedral, and hears the quiet, plain j'accuse: "You had your chance." And, he, at last, he will become that conch, he will become that sea. Yes, but for the burgeoning fragrance, the coming-into-consciousness, like some inertial diffusion of lavender and rose, where he must become yet again, and be.
Walter J. Ong's Philosophical Thought (REVIEW ESSAY)
Concerning the tradition of Literature in Latin, Ong liked to cite Ernst Robert Curtius' book European Literature and the Latin Middle Ages. See my 2015 essay "Virginia Woolf's Last Essays and Walter J. Ong's Thought" at the UMD library's digital commons: Click Here. As a result, Collins wrote a perceptive review of Ong's two 1958 books in the Jesuit-sponsored semi-popular magazine America. In a nutshell, this is Ong's signature claim - the hallmark of his philosophical thought. Next, I want to spell out what eventually differentiates Ong's thought from Lavelle's.
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Congress Switchboard: 202-224-3121"We're at a paradigm-shift moment in history, where we will look back at it and realize that a particular model of how we govern our affairs together became outdated. Kall's book Bottom-Up offers great alternatives and solutions that are not found in conventional governing models." Carne Ross , is a former British diplomat, a strategy coordinator for the UN, and author of the book, The Leaderless Revolution.
What Changes with Balanced Approval Voting?
In a recent article, I illustrated by example how adoption of Balanced Approval Voting (BAV) would surely serve to undermine the two-party duopoly. But BAV would remove the big advantage that positive voting systems (like these two) grant to big parties. The pattern of voting seen in the example would in time become rare and in fact an aberration. Adoption of BAV would bring about a growing number of political parties and in turn the power of any single one of these parties would diminish. There is reason to hope that the checks and balances put in place by the founders of the country would come much more effective as power shifts away from the dominant political party because there is no dominant political party.
They Call Him a "Godly President"?
Donald J. Trump is no Christian . certainly not one Jesus of the Gospels would recognize. At the annual National Prayer Breakfast last February, Arthur Brooks, a Harvard professor and president of a conservative think tank, emphasized a fundamental teaching of Jesus of the Gospels. Brooks said "Jesus didn't say 'Tolerate your enemies.' Donald J. Trump: "Arthur I don't know if I agree with you."
Article: Religion Politics
Reps for Jesus(Image by Johnny Silvercloud) Details DMCAThe death of Justice Ruth Bader brings the miscarriage of our constitutional justice system and the stalemate of U.S. politics to a head. Government has long been a study of dishonesty with the pretense of morality, reaching its climax with the Trump administration - less the pretense of morality. Senator Lindsey Graham said in 2018 that if a similar situation came up in the Trump administration, "we'll wait until the next election". Underlying these "policies" of the Trump administration is the ruse of representing fundamentalist christian voters who may be Trump's strongest support. It befuddles the mind to comprehend why Trump, who is perhaps the most unreligious person imaginable, would have their support.
Poorly Protected Postal Workers Are Catching COVID-19 by the Thousands. It’s One More Threat to Voting by Mail.
The Postal Service has been adamant that it can handle a nationwide increase in voting by mail in the general election. And that is contributing to the delivery problem that we’re having.”The Postal Service referred us to an April 30 statement on its website. Postal workers who test positive are supposed to tell their supervisor, who should alert a nurse responsible for contact tracing. Postal Service? In Atlanta, more than 900 postal workers had been infected with COVID-19 or had to quarantine.
NATO 2030: a desperate plan to try to preserve U.S. imperialist hegemony
Like how Trump's tariffs have damaged the U.S. economy, Brexit has damaged the U.K. economy, furthering the contractions of capitalism within the borders of these imperialist powers which have decided to go rogue. The technocrats of the NATO empire have frantically been trying to reverse the damage, to patch up the strained imperial alliances and restore the paradigm of 20th century liberal hegemony. Strategic thinkers within the global imperialist elite believe that the imperialist powers will need to cooperate in order to have a better chance of subduing the rising anti-imperialist powers. The capitalist contradictions of the U.S. will continue to translate into an increasingly fractured world order. The reactionary nationalism of countries like Britain will continue to result in deteriorating proletarian conditions throughout the neoliberal world, especially within the core imperialist countries.
Both Parties Establishment Wings: We will lose Political Duopoly with Open Primaries, so Vote Yes to Florida Amendment 3
Like a market, a political system can be dominated by two groups, which exclude other parties or ideologies from participation. (Image by Open Primaries) Details DMCAAn open primary is a primary election that does not require voters to be affiliated with a political party in order to vote for partisan candidates. For Floridians, a 2020 Vote YES for Amendment 3 is the ultimate protest vote against the divisiveness that plagues our political system. Editorial Boards Endorsements: Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel, Florida Times Union, Sarasota Herald Tribune and St. Augustine Record! Top two vote getters in primary advance to general election.
Saudi Royal Family divided over relations with Israel: WSJ
Saudi Arabia's monarch, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, has been at odds with his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, over establishing relations with Israel, the Wall Street Journal has reported. The king is a longtime supporter of the Arab boycott of Israel and the Palestinians' demand for an independent state. The prince wants to move past what he sees as an intractable conflict to join with Israel in business and align against Iran, according to WSJ. A furious King Salman later ordered his foreign minister to restate the kingdom's commitment to the establishment of a Palestinian state, without mentioning the normalization deal. It won't be easy for Saudi Arabia to erase one major obstacle to ties with Israel.
Insufficient COVID Protections for Postal Workers Pose Threat to Mail-in Voting
Postal Service knew that her job, operating a machine that sorts mail by ZIP code, would be vital to processing the flood of mail-in ballots expected this fall. The Postal Service has been adamant that it can handle a nationwide increase in voting by mail in the general election. And that is contributing to the delivery problem that we’re having.”The Postal Service referred us to an April 30 statement on its website. Postal workers who test positive are supposed to tell their supervisor, who should alert a nurse responsible for contact tracing. Some managers tell people, ‘You don’t sound sick, come to work,’” said Omar Gonzalez, western regional coordinator at the American Postal Worker Union.
Wildfires can leave toxic drinking water behind – here’s how to protect the public
After the fires passed, testing ultimately revealed widespread hazardous drinking water contamination in areas affected by both fires. Evidence suggests that the toxic chemicals originated from a combination of burning vegetation, structures and plastic materials. Protecting the publicIn our view, agencies should not underestimate health hazards posed by fire-damaged drinking water systems. Update building codes for future firesOur research underscores that community building codes are inadequate to prevent wildfire-caused pollution of drinking water and homes. Water main shutoff valves and water sampling taps should exist at every water meter box.
Life in the US Has the Hallmarks of a “Low-Grade War Zone”
Patrick Farnsworth: You got your start in journalism covering the war in Iraq, and it’s a pretty incredible story. Then you’re completely reliant upon them for your security, but also you give them total control over what you’re going to see, when you’re going to see it, how you’re going to see it, and if you’re going to see it, and that is how most of the war was covered by the corporate media in the United States. Leading up to the Iraq War, I remember that feeling in the air — that there needed to be retribution. When you’re living in a war zone, you have a kind of anxiety riding shotgun with you every day. We are now living in a low-grade war zone in this country.
As Anti-Fascist T-Shirts Are Removed, Far Right Apparel Remains on Retailer Site
The organization sold t-shirts through Teespring to raise money for victims of far right violence or for those facing legal repression for antifascist activism, which they distribute from the Fund. Several far right pages are still active on Teespring at the time of this writing. Truthout found numerous Three Percenter shirts, which represent one of the largest far right militia organizations in the country. There were also “anti-antifa” shirts still available, including one using the far right meme “pantifa.” There are still numerous items depicting far right conspiracy theories, such as Pizzagate, and “God Emperor Trump” images popular with members of the “alt-right” or white nationalists. Due to the recent increase of violent Antifa content, we have removed all Antifa related listings until we are able to review the intent behind the designs.
I’m Living in Fear of COVID as New People Get Transferred Into the Prison I’m In
Prisoners are being transferred to MCC from Washington Corrections Center (WCC), a receiving center for the WDOC, with active COVID-19 cases. Not only are prisoners being shipped to the Washington State Reformatory, but WDOC is transferring prisoners to other prisons throughout the state. So far in Washington State, only 950 prisoners have been released — a minimal step that has done little to protect the incarcerated or prison staff. An exceptional number of highly vulnerable prisoners remain behind prison walls, serving only one single purpose: retribution. After over 80 percent of the prison population tested positive with COVID-19, the surrounding community experienced a horrifying outbreak.
Trump’s EPA Reauthorizes Use of Herbicide Linked to Congenital Disabilities
“Use of this extremely dangerous pesticide should be banned, not expanded,” declared Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD). The more permissive benchmark relies solely on a model developed by the primary manufacturer of atrazine, Syngenta. Had the correct standards been used, atrazine uses on lawns and turf would likely have been cancelled due to unacceptable harms to children. “Under federal pesticide law, EPA is required to review and ensure that older pesticides do not harm humans or cause unreasonable adverse effects to the environment. “It is unfortunate that the agency has not learned its lesson.”This piece was reprinted by Truthout with permission or license.
Upgrading Building Codes Can Curb Drinking Water Contamination Due to Wildfires
As we concluded in a recently published study of burned areas, communities need to upgrade building codes to keep wildfires from causing widespread contamination of drinking water systems. After the fires passed, testing ultimately revealed widespread hazardous drinking water contamination in areas affected by both fires. Protecting the PublicIn our view, agencies should not underestimate health hazards posed by fire-damaged drinking water systems. Update Building Codes for Future FiresOur research underscores that community building codes are inadequate to prevent wildfire-caused pollution of drinking water and homes. Water main shutoff valves and water sampling taps should exist at every water meter box.
Republican state leaders threaten violence in ‘coming war’ with Black Lives Matter
This week, two local Republican leaders published and then deleted social media posts which threatened violence in an imminent right-wing clash against Black Lives Matter and Antifa (anti-fascist) activists. Remember that.”An Iron County commissioner spreading his murder fantasies on Facebook like it’s no big deal. Such activists have sometimes been subject to violence from the police themselves, bringing into doubt the whole question of whether police “protect” them from anything. Gross distortions; encouraging constituents to prepare for armed war w/political opponents? Brown said he was “speaking out against violence and calling on other electeds, community leaders and citizens to do the same.”
This billionaire GOP governor’s coal company is poised to get a big break from his own regulators
Jim Justice’s Bluestone Coal Corp., continues to exceed discharge limits for harmful substances. The state’s environmental regulators are seen as friendly to coal companies, so the reduced fines are in keeping with prior actions. Then, this year, the Justice companies “apparently stopped paying” some of the stipulated penalties, citing the lawsuit, according to a court filing by the plaintiffs. Bluestone Coal lawyers had earlier tried to have the selenium case dismissed, arguing that it was preempted by the 2016 settlement. Over the years, selenium pollution has been especially tricky for coal companies to deal with, presenting expensive and long-term treatment challenges.
Trump-loving right-wing operatives accused of entrapping NC progressive groups to undermine their election work
These connections begin with a $3,000 wire transfer to the employee’s North Carolina nonprofit from Fortune’s “business partner,” Blue Sky Med Labs, based in Georgia. But he also ingratiated himself with two heavyweights in the state’s voter rights circles—Democracy North Carolina and Common Cause North Carolina. Fifteen years ago, Democracy North Carolina helped expose a blank-check campaign contribution system that aided then-House Speaker Jim Black. As we have done for 50 years, we will always put the people’s voice first by promoting the people’s right to #vote, the people’s right to #fairmaps, and the people’s right to #freespeech. “Common Cause will never be intimidated or stop our work to make elections about voters and improving the voting experience, as opposed to making elections about politicians.
Trump’s appeals to white anxiety are not ‘dog whistles’ — they’re racism
My political psychology research has found that George W. Bush used religious dog whistles quite effectively. True dog whistles rely on there being an “outgroup” that can’t hear the politician’s coded message. Coded speechThis is why the term “dog whistle” does not accurately describe Donald Trump’s rhetoric. “[H]e’s throwing them a welcome home party.”As language and culture change over time, dog whistles evolve, too. Incorrectly characterizing Trump’s racist rhetoric – like calling lies “alternative facts” – obscures the serious problems in this administration’s politics.
Bill Barr Goes full-on right-wing nutjob
For openers, protesting disproportionate police brutality against Black citizens is not calling for the overthrow of the government. You heard nothing from Barr about using sedition laws against actual, organized, gun-toting, right-wing, white supremacist nationals who seem actually to want to overthrow the government – as well as to mix it up with lefties in the streets. Maybe Barr should be looking at those organized Western ranchers, right-wingers all, when they held off enforcement of federal water law enforcement at gunpoint. The federal sedition law is rarely invoked, and something that does not seem to fit the circumstances of the unrest in places like Portland in response to police killings of Black men. Promoting sedition laws to stop protests is an extremist Justice Department policy.
Schumer: ‘Nothing is off the table’ if Republicans ram through SCOTUS nominee before election
Politico:During a Democratic Caucus call Saturday afternoon, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told his colleagues “everything Americans value is at stake” and vowed to respond if Republicans fill Ginsburg’s seat before January. “Let me be clear: if Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year,” Schumer declared. Well, maybe that’s not what Schumer is talking about. But he is likely referring to nuking the filibuster and adding new SCOTUS seats to offset Mitch’s Machiavellian monkeyshines. “Every single Senate Republican has a decision to make about what the future of the United States Senate is going to look like,” [Sen. Chris] Murphy cautioned.
Mitch McConnell is ‘immune to shame’ and charges of hypocrisy — but he has one key weakness that could impact the Supreme Court fight
But that is a waste of time, according to The New Yorker staff writer Jane Mayer, who wrote a major profile on McConnell that was published in April. Obviously, it nakedly is, given that Ginsburg died forty-five days before the 2020 election, and this was McConnell’s rationale for blocking Barack Obama’s nominee two hundred and sixty-nine days before the 2016 election,” Mayer wrote. A power grab for the Court that is too brutish may provoke so much outrage among Democrats and independents that it could undermine Republican Senate candidates in November. If Joe Biden is elected, enabling a Democratic Vice-President to cast the deciding vote in the Senate, Democrats need only to pick up three seats to win a majority. Democrats also have shots at capturing seats in South Carolina and Iowa,” Mayer wrote.
Ranking the possible nominees for Trump and McConnell’s fast-tracked route to the Supreme Court
In a just universe, Republicans would be held to the “rule” they created in 2016, and there would be no Supreme Court nominee until 2021. So here are a few possible names that might soon be visiting the Senate express lane to a lifetime appointment. The biggest reason that she might not get it could be that Trump simply doesn’t like her. But since Trump thinks he’s still in this thing, and the Court nominee actually stands a chance of deciding the outcome of the election, Trump might go with someone he trusts. Nikki Haley—because if she’s on the Supreme Court, she can’t get in Ivanka’s way for the 2024 nomination.
‘Far left radical dead’: What right-wingers are saying about Ginsburg’s death
Surprisingly, Republican President Donald Trump and his advisor Kellyanne Conway both said nice things about Ginsburg’s passing, honoring her legacy. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg led a remarkable life of consequence. The Senate and the nation mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the conclusion of her extraordinary American life. WAS CHIEF COUNSEL FOR ANTI-AMERICAN ACLU WHEN APPOINTED TO SUPREME COURT. While Justice Ginsburg will remain an icon for millions of Americans, she will also remain a lightning rod akin to Chief Justice Roger Taney.
Legal expert explains the 4 hoops Trump and McConnell have to jump through to seat a Supreme Court justice in just 6 weeks
Caren Morrison, Georgia State UniversityUnited States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Sept. 18, thrusting the acrimonious struggle for control of the Supreme Court into public view. President Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have already vowed to nominate and confirm a replacement for the 87-year-old justice and women’s rights icon. However the politics play out, there is a process for Supreme Court nominations and confirmations. The president then will sign a commission appointing the person to the Supreme Court. The only time there has been a Senate vote on a Supreme Court nominee in an election year was in 1916, when Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes resigned from the Court to run for president.
Ralph Nader: Here’s how to fight Americans’ inclination to relinquish control to corporations
But we give our power away to the Big Boys who run the big companies that control most of our elected politicians. These assertions may surprise you, because the top one percent and the giant corporations work overtime to control what you own. But we give our power away to the Big Boys who run the big companies that control most of our elected politicians. Polls show a big majority of people think Big Business has too much power and control over us. With ever greater concentration or powers under corrupt Trumpism and its corporate supremacists, control of our lives is getting worse.
Ricin poison found in mail package addressed to Trump
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The battle of Omaha has begun: analysis
This year, we’re currently seeing a dramatic national shift toward Democratic nominee Joe Biden, leading the polling aggregate 53.9 to 46.1%, or 7.8 points. Hillary Clinton won the national popular vote by 2.1 in 2016, meaning a net Democratic shift of around 5.7 points. As such, it’s not surprising that every one of those battleground states has stayed within 1.4 points of the national shift. And now we have Biden’s campaign take to the airwaves, not just hitting Omaha proper, but also getting a little Iowa side-benefits, as the Omaha market extends into southwestern Iowa. Omaha, Nebraska media market map (WHO13 TV)I’ve outlined in red the boundaries of that Omaha media market.
Trump critics and European allies challenge Pompeo claim about snapback of UN sanctions on Iran: ‘A farce’
“Having been rejected repeatedly by our erstwhile negotiating partners at the U.N. Security Council, the Trump administration wants to pretend that U.N. sanctions are back in place. Officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal was negotiated under former President Barack Obama. His claim, which other world leaders swiftly refuted, was paired with a threat that the U.S. will retaliate against countries that don’t comply:The United States expects all U.N. “America is approaching a certain defeat in its sanctions move… It faced defeat and negative response from the international community,” he said. “We will never yield to U.S. pressure and Iran will give a crushing response to America’s bullying.”
Democratic donors set records in donations following Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death
With the announcement of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s passing, Democratic candidates have seen record levels of fundraising donations. Much of this comes along with the sad shock of a Supreme Court, already stolen from President Barack Obama in 2015, is once again at a humanity over business and ideology deficit. As of writing this story, ActBlue has officially announced that it has surpassed the $100 million mark. Small-dollar donors have now given $100 million on ActBlue since 8 p.m. — ActBlue (@actblue) September 20, 2020Generating the money will help Democratic candidates in the upcoming weeks, but is not the defining factor.
The moral imperative to save our democracy from minority rule could not be clearer
But her passing also leaves a bleeding wound in American democracy, one that reinforces the crisis of legitimacy of conservative minority rule in America. Nor has the reality of minority rule tempered the extremism of the rulers. They view any impingement on their right to minority rule as a form of totalitarian oppression. Creating equal representation from a system of apartheid-style minority rule is not oppression, but justice. What it cannot survive is the status quo of structurally racist minority rule.
Here’s how to keep track of which House races are hemorrhaging support — but there are several caveats
This marks the first time this cycle that a major outside spender has decided to triage a House race—or in this case, perhaps two. Big-money players make this sort of move either because they feel supremely confident, or because they’ve concluded their candidate is doomed. To date, the Congressional Leadership Fund has spent or reserved $92 million on ads, while the NRCC has booked just $28 million. Indeed, CLF still has a hefty $6.3 million booked in Houston, so national Republicans have not given up on either race just yet. To help keep track of these developments and any others over the next six weeks, please bookmark our new Daily Kos Elections 2020 House race triage tracker.
Lincoln Project releases devastating new ad against vulnerable Republican Lindsey Graham
The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee had his own words used against him in a hard-hitting new ad from the Lincoln Project. It wasn’t the only time Graham had made such a claim, as was pointed out by Vanita Gupta, the president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Just in case you don’t know – Lindsey Graham is now the chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. — Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) September 19, 2020As Trump is pushing the Senate to confirm whomever he nominates, Graham’s statements have taken on added meaning. Graham also has political considerations, the confirmation could keep him from campaigning in South Carolina, where he is facing a tough challenge from Jaime Harrison.
‘You don’t see any hypocrisy?’ Chris Wallace flattens Trump Supreme Court shortlister Tom Cotton by replaying his Merrick Garland speech
“Why the rush to judgement?” Wallace asked Cotton after the senator promised a swift vote on President Donald Trump’s eventual nominee. We’re going to move forward without delay.”Wallace reminded Cotton that President Barack Obama named Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee after Justice Antonin Scalia died in 2016. “Senate Republicans blocked the choice of Garland,” Wallace noted before playing a clip of Cotton defending the move at the time. In the clip, Cotton notes that the country will have a new president “in a few short months.”“Why would we cut off the national debate about this next justice?” Cotton says in the clip. “Chris, the Senate majority is performing our constitutional duty and fulfilling the mandate that the voters gave us,” Cotton opined.
Democrats’ constitutional Jiujitsu: How the party can out-maneuver and decisively vanquish Trump’s GOP
Jiujitsu is not about standing head to head with a thug, trading blow for blow. Jiujitsu is not about standing head to head with a thug, trading blow for blow. The Democrats need to practice jiujitsu now. Democrats need to be clever now. I submit the following as proposals:The Senate Democratic leadership should strategize about the entire range of legislative tactics that can be employed, now, to forestall a rushed SCOTUS replacement appointment.
Murkowski joins Collins in opposing Trump SCOTUS vote before the election
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) on Sunday said she would not support a vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, joining Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) in opposing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s push to install a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the 2020 presidential election. Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87. On Friday, shortly before Ginsburg’s death was announced, Murkowski said she would not vote for a justice ahead of Inauguration Day, telling Alaska Public Media “I would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee. “Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed.”Murkowski joins Collins, who is facing a tough reelection battle in Maine. A fourth would likely sink Trump’s nominee.
Trump is trying to flip Minnesota in 2020 — but voters in the state balk at his ‘unconscionable’ praise of Confederate leader Robert E. Lee
It’s a uniquely Trumpian problem: the president of the United States, locked in a bitter campaign with Democratic rival former Vice President Joe Biden, is trying to flip Minnesota, a state he narrowly lost in 2016. As the Star Tribune reports, Trump on Friday extolled the virtues of Robert E. Lee’s leadership:“It was supposed to end immediately because the North was too powerful for the South. “Lee was indeed a great general, a great tactician, but he was leading a revolt against the United States of America,” Newton explained. “The blood, sweat, and sacrifice of Minnesota’s brave soldiers helped turn the tide at Gettysburg,” he said. “We will not allow Donald Trump to divide us and insult our state’s proud legacy.”
Loving your country is not the same as loving Trump: How the right makes a mockery of US patriotism
From the start, Trump has attempted to define patriotism not as loving the country, but rather as loving Trump. Before analyzing the damage Trump has done to U.S. patriotism, let me be blunt: “loving” your country is stupid. So, when patriotism is synonymous with loving your country, it is always, already a bad idea. So, if patriotism means loving your country, then it’s no wonder that the left gave free rein to Republicans to have at it. For them, to love their country means loving Trump.
‘This is for the people to decide’: Jaw-dropping CNN supercut lays bare the GOP’s stunning hypocrisy on SCOTUS –
“That’s going to be the new rule.”In his own floor speech on the matter in 2016, McConnell likewise urged Congress to give the American people a say in the Supreme Court pick. “The next justice could fundamentally alter the direction of the Supreme Court and have a profound impact on our country. So, of course, of course the American people should have a say in the court’s direction,” McConnell said. “I don’t think we should be moving forward on a nominee in the last year of this president’s term, Cruz said. “I would say that if it was a republican president.”“President Obama is eager to appoint Justice Scalia’s replacement this year,” he continued.
Infectious disease expert: Trump’s attacks on CDC, doctors and scientists undermine a ‘pillar of pandemic control’
If we could have started mask wearing, consistent mask wearing, at the beginning, we would have averted deaths and cases.”TranscriptAMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now! DR. MONICA GANDHI: Thank you. And if we could have started mask wearing, consistent mask wearing, at the beginning, we would have averted deaths and cases. DR. MONICA GANDHI: You know, at the moment, it is — actually, the beginning of the pandemic, I was excited that I’m an infectious disease doctor. AMY GOODMAN: Dr. Monica Gandhi, we want to thank you so much for being with us, a professor of medicine —DR. MONICA GANDHI: Thank you.
Opinion | At Summer’s End
Now I understand that every day I’m given is as real as life will ever get. The little spider, one of the orb weavers, who pitched her camp next to my outdoor faucet this summer is making her egg sacs now. And all winter I will keep watch over the little spider’s egg sacs, hoping that one of her daughters chooses this quiet spot for her own web. Margaret Renkl is a contributing opinion writer who covers flora, fauna, politics and culture in the American South. Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook, Twitter (@NYTopinion) and Instagram.
Opinion | ‘White Australia’ Policy Lives On in Immigrant Detention
During that first week in the country, I spoke at the Gus Fisher Gallery in Auckland. It was as if two parts of Australia’s forgotten history were meeting in another land after two decades. When I was at Manus Island, I saw small strips of fabric tied to the fences of our remote prison. The prisoners from 2001 had tied them there to symbolize the days of their captivity. The Australian government blocked the captain of the freighter from bringing the refugees onshore, sending troops onboard the ship.
Opinion | With Six Weeks to the Election, Six Ways to Protect It
Local election officials need poll workers, because their usual corps of senior citizens are less likely to serve, given their heightened Covid-19 risk. Poll workers need training, so the time to sign up is now. Anyone interested should contact their state election office for information or go to the websites of the National Association of Secretaries of State, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, and Power the Polls. The Postal Service has warned that it cannot meet certain state mail ballot deadlines, meaning last-minute voters risk not having their votes counted. A federal court in Washington State has now ordered the Postal Service to undo some of its moves and enjoined them from making more.
When it comes to race relations, the left and the right are miles apart
The low prioritization of race relations among GOP voters helps put into perspective why President Trump and the Republican Party have chosen to respond to the issue in the way they have. Here’s why: As long as addressing systemic discrimination against people of color remains of low priority to his voters, Trump is likely to continue to minimize the effects of racism on American life. ADThe state of race relations in the country has become one of the defining aspects of the Trump political era. ADMost Americans — especially those left of center — have concluded Trump is racist, according to a Yahoo News-YouGov survey. But voters on the right have been consistent and unapologetic in their support of the president — including on matters of race, as the survey suggests.
Live updates: Sen. Lisa Murkowski says she doesn’t support filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat before the election
“The people pick the president, and the president picks the justice. They set this new precedent in 2016, and they’ve got to follow their own words.”Klobuchar, a member of the committee that handles Supreme Court nominees, noted that Americans were already taking part in early voting in the presidential election. “People are voting in record numbers,” she said. We know how many people have been asking for mail-in ballots. Klobuchar skirted the question.
Non-binary actors call to change gendered awards categories continues into a new season
Non-binary actors call to change gendered awards categories continues into a new seasonAwards shows like the Oscars and Emmys separate their acting awards into male and female categories. But that division doesn’t address the growing cohort of actors, film professionals, and audience members who don’t identify on the gender binary.
NFL live updates: One player held out because of a fever; three stadiums welcome fans
The NFL is sticking to its pledge to withhold any player from a game who demonstrates symptoms of the novel coronavirus, even if that player tests negative for covid-19. According to multiple people familiar with the protocols of the league and the NFL Players Association, a player with symptoms is being withheld from his game Sunday after testing negative. “I will go you one better than that: Patrick Mahomes doesn’t even have to test positive,” Sills said then. “If he had covid symptoms and had a negative test, he would still sit out because, again, it’s about keeping everyone safe. If he tests positive, that’s a little bit of a no-brainer.
A 4.5-magnitude earthquake jolts Southern California
(CNN) A preliminary 4.5-magnitude earthquake jolted the Southern California area late Friday night. It hit at 11:39 p.m. local time two miles west of El Monte and 10 miles from Los Angeles, the US Geological Survey reported. The earthquake shook buildings and rattled windows, and was felt in San Diego, Valencia and the San Fernando Valley areas. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, and the Los Angeles Fire Department warned residents to prepare for aftershocks. The earthquake was also felt at the Los Angeles International Airport, where crews are checking the airfield and terminals for any signs of damage, the airport tweeted.
Firefighters sing their own version of ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’
Sunday TODAY’s Willie Geist runs through the Highs and Lows of the week, including the Grizzly Firefighters crew battling blazes out west who put their own spin on the classic tune, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Also this week, Paul Rudd urging “us millennials” to wear masks and the monkey who swiped a phone but left the evidence in the camera roll.
Death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sets off a ferocious political battle
In a year of crises — impeachment, a pandemic, social unrest and a collapsed economy — death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has now set off a ferocious political battle that could only add to a year of turmoil.
Is climate change to blame for raging wildfires and active Atlantic?
As wildfires continue to rage in the West, five named storms brewed simultaneously in Atlantic this week. In this week’s Sunday Focus, Anne Thompson kicks off a special NBC News series called Planet 2020 to look at what’s causing the severe weather and if it’s possible to do anything about it.
Lisa Murkowski becomes 2nd GOP senator to oppose pre-election Supreme Court vote
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Sunday became the second GOP senator to publicly oppose voting on a new Supreme Court nominee before the November election. "For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election," Murkowski said in a statement. "I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice [Antonin] Scalia," she continued. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president's Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year." Sunday morning, Trump tweeted his thoughts on an Alaska Chamber of Commerce event Murkowski was taking part in on Tuesday.
Murkowski opposes moving forward with Supreme Court nomination
Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Sunday became the second Republican senator to oppose moving forward with a Supreme Court nomination in light of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. “For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election,” the Alaska Republican said in a statement. “Sadly, what was then a hypothetical is now our reality, but my position has not changed.”AdvertisementMurkowski joins Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) as the only GOP senators to so far oppose Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s effort to fill Ginsburg’s seat immediately. McConnell can only afford to lose three Republicans.
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski Says She Opposes SCOTUS Nominee Vote Before Election
Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said Sunday that she opposes the Senate voting on a Supreme Court nominee ahead of the November election, reiterating comments she made hours before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death was announced on Friday. “For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election,” Murkowski said in a statement Sunday. Confirming Trump’s nominee would ensure a 6-3 conservative majority among the justices. Hours after Ginsburg’s death Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R- Ky.) vowed to hold a vote on Trump’s nominee. Democrats have accused Republicans pushing for a swift confirmation of Trump’s nominee of being hypocrites.
Lisa Murkowski becomes 2nd GOP senator to oppose pre-election Supreme Court vote
Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, on Sunday became the second GOP senator to publicly oppose voting on a new Supreme Court nominee before the November election. "For weeks, I have stated that I would not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to the election," Murkowski said in a statement. "I did not support taking up a nomination eight months before the 2016 election to fill the vacancy created by the passing of Justice [Antonin] Scalia," she continued. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president's Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year." Sunday morning, Trump tweeted his thoughts on an Alaska Chamber of Commerce event Murkowski was taking part in on Tuesday.
Michael Steele: You have to look at the next 45 days as an “exercise of war gaming’
Former RNC Chairman, Michael Steele, joins AMJoy to discuss the Democrat’s strategy for next 45 days, calling the period after the election before the inauguration an “exercise of war gaming.” He tells the panel to stop treating Donald Trump as if he is a “legitimate” president and says, “he is not.”
A Black Fan Club Sought to Diversify N.H.L. Stands. Now They’re Aiming at Its C-Suites.
When the idea to create the Black Girl Hockey Club hit Renee Hess almost two years ago, she couldn’t have foreseen the degree to which it has insinuated itself into hockey culture in the United States and Canada. From the first handful of respondents to her social media query in October 2018 asking if other women of color loved hockey but felt uncomfortable attending N.H.L. games because of gender- and race-based comments directed at them, the Black Girl Hockey Club now has more than 16,000 Twitter followers. And perhaps more significantly, it has the ear of the N.H.L. “I believe we can lead the way in hockey, too.”
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Loved Opera, and Opera Loved Her Back
We had a lot of conversations about Brünnhilde, and why it took a woman to save the world. That’s what she said: Only a woman could do it; only a woman could change the course of history. The underdog, the ill-served character: Manon Lescaut, Violetta, women who have to struggle their way to the top for survival. And she would often come to both the dress rehearsal and the first performance of things, and then also the last performance. They would be friendly and jocular and lovey-dovey at the opera, and you knew the next day they would be giving opposing opinions.
When the Economy Stalled, They Needed Laptops to Move Ahead
“A person like me, who would love to work a decent job, will never have the chance because of my criminal history,” Mr. McCollum said. At the same time, he was living with his mother in Corona, Queens; making plans to marry his fiancée, who had waited for him for 18 years; and waiting for the training program to begin. New York City’s economy has been hit hard by the pandemic, with the unemployment rate around 20 percent. Mr. McCollum, who receives $165 in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, had done odd jobs to get by. The Hope Program offers job training to adults in marginalized and underserved communities, including those with criminal backgrounds.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Live Updates: Amid Mourning, Political Fight Heats Up
The more moderate Republican senators are a small group, and it is not clear whether they could control enough votes to block Mr. Trump’s nominee. Republicans have 53 votes in the Senate to the Democrats’ 47, and Vice President Mike Pence is allowed to break any ties. Among the Republican members who hold the crucial votes are Senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah. There was immediate reaction from a few Republican senators calling for a quick confirmation and vote before Election Day. Senators Martha McSally of Arizona and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, two other Republican senators facing tough election races, each posted statements to Twitter calling for the Senate to vote on Justice Ginsburg’s replacement.
How the Black Vote Became a Monolith
To be Black in America has often meant to act in political solidarity with other Black people. The monolith would have dissipated as individual Black voters sought out their ideological compatriots instead of being compelled to band against segregation and racial violence. Instead, a campaign of white nationalist terrorism swept across the South, targeting Black Republican legislators and voters. That same year in South Carolina, white vigilantes killed a number of Black legislators. In the Colfax Massacre of 1873, dozens of Black Republicans and state militiamen were killed during an attempt to overturn election results in Louisiana.
The Lamp Was a Clue to a Life I Didn’t Know My Mother Had
These things had to be manufactured.”She traveled to San Juan twice, the second time to supervise the installation. My mother was also — unsurprisingly, for a young working woman in the early 1960s — a victim of workplace sexual harassment. One of her colleagues, an engineer, had a habit of getting in her personal space and saying inappropriate things, my father told me. My mother returned to work for a few years in the 1970s, taking a job with a company that planned office space. Mostly, though, she threw herself into her role as a mother and, later, the spouse of a United States ambassador.
Kenya’s small-town singers hope coronavirus-inspired lyrics make for smash hits
Small studios across Kenya and East Africa are churning out thousands of “corona hits” across genres: reggae, ballad, hip-hop, gospel, and this region’s guitar-driven country music. The artists who come into Jawabu Studios each have their own story of pandemic-era hardship but come out feeling freer of their burdens. In the cramped fifth-floor studio, the lights dimmed, and Malack Kamande, 30, adjusted his headphones and positioned himself behind the mic. ADADSuddenly, from the suspenseful silence, he belted out his hit’s opening lines, which also serve as the song’s title and theme: “Coronavirus! They have been producing corona songs — songs to pray to God to heal our countries.
After the flames: Photographing the destruction of the western U.S. wildfires
The Walbridge Fire | Aug. 21 (Stuart W. Palley)The Walbridge Fire | Aug. 21 (Stuart W. Palley)Stuart W. Palley knows how to photograph wildfires. He has photographed more than a hundred over eight seasons, started the Terra Flamma project and has published a book on wildfire photography. Thousands of lighting strikes, a heat wave and ensuing dry timber and ground cover resulted in fires exploding into conflagrations this year. Now I don’t even blink at a 100,000-acre fire or when it burns as much in a day,” Palley said. “I wanted to take a day and spend it paying my respects to what is lost during fire: both homes and people’s dreams — what they spent years working for — but also the destruction to ecosystems.”The Walbridge Fire | Aug. 21 (Stuart W. Palley)The Walbridge Fire | Aug. 21 (Stuart W. Palley)The Walbridge Fire | Aug. 21 (Stuart W. Palley)The Walbridge Fire | Aug. 21 (Stuart W. Palley)The Walbridge Fire | Aug. 21 (Stuart W. Palley)The Walbridge Fire | Aug. 21 (Stuart W. Palley)The Walbridge Fire | Aug. 21 (Stuart W. Palley)The Walbridge Fire | Aug. 21 (Stuart W. Palley)The Walbridge Fire | Aug. 20 (Stuart W. Palley)The Walbridge Fire | Aug. 21 (Stuart W. Palley)In Sight is The Washington Post’s photography blog for visual narrative.
Attention to Biden’s earlier pledge to nominate a Black woman to the Supreme Court increases
“We talked about the Supreme Court — I’m looking forward to making sure there’s a Black woman on the Supreme Court to make sure we in fact get everyone represented,” he said during a debate among Democratic candidates in February. The morning after Ginsburg’s death, Trump pushed Biden to release a list of his potential nominees to the Supreme Court. In recent months, Trump has leaned into stoking fears among the White voters who supported him in 2016 about what America could look like under a Biden presidency. Now, Trump is pivoting to focus on how Biden’s response to the Supreme Court will affect his largely White base. Both of Trump’s Supreme Court appointments — Neil M. Gorsuch and Brett M. Kavanaugh — are White men, a demographic that has consistently supported Trump.
Opinion | Senate Republicans are showing us why they should lose their majority
In fact, McConnell’s actions are totally in keeping with the opportunism with which he has led the Senate. And would we have expected anything different from Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), the shape-shifting chairman of the Judiciary Committee? In February 1988, a Democratic-led Senate voted 97-0 to put Ronald Reagan’s pick, Anthony M. Kennedy, on the court. The Republicans extended it to Supreme Court nominations in 2017. But voters can rectify that on Nov. 3, when 23 Republican senators, including Graham and McConnell, will be on the ballot.
Bill Clinton: 'Superficially hypocritical' for Trump, McConnell to push to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat
Former President Bill Clinton says it is "superficially hypocritical" for President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans to push to put a new justice on the Supreme Court before the November election.
Emmys 2020: How to watch, the nominees and more
(CNN) This weekend's Emmy Awards will be like unlike anything we've ever seen. Producers sent more than 130 cameras to nominees in 10 countries, a big technical undertaking for the virtual event. Some of the nominees will even receive their Emmy with a knock at their front door. Other shows to watch for are "Succession," "Ozark," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and "The Mandalorian." Where to watchThe Emmys will air Sunday at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.
Lee Kerslake, drummer for Ozzy Osbourne and Uriah Heep, has died
(CNN) Lee Kerslake, drummer for Ozzy Osbourne and rock band Uriah Heep, has died, according to statements from the band posted Saturday on Facebook. A post signed by Uriah Heep lead guitarist Mick Box called Kerslake "one of the kindest men on earth." "He had a passion for life bar none and was much loved by the fans, as well as anyone who crossed his path," the post on the official Uriah Heep Facebook page said. "Rock in peace my friend and say hi to David,Gary, John and Trevor for me!" In another post, the band said Kerslake will not be forgotten, a sentiment rocker Ozzy Osbourne shared on his own social media.
Emmy nominations 2020: See if your favorite shows made the cut
(CNN) Staying closer to home in recent months has made us all more loyal to our favorite television series. Nominations for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Tuesday and it was a diverse mix. With old favorites like "Game of Thrones" and "Veep" out of contention, shows like "The Mandalorian," "Insecure" and "Schitt's Creek" received multiple nods. Netflix dominated with 160 nominations, as new services like Disney+, Apple TV+ also made their mark. Leslie Jones, star of the forthcoming show "Supermarket Sweep" on ABC, was joined by Laverne Cox, Josh Gad, and Tatiana Maslany to make the virtual announcement.
What a WeChat ban would mean for Americans
Zhang immigrated to the US in 1989 and began using WeChat over the past few years. When her daughter delivers a baby in October, Zhang plans to send photos using WeChat to her siblings and old classmates. Xiao immigrated to the US from Yunnan Province in 1989 and started using WeChat about four years ago. Xiao and other Chinese Americans CNN Business spoke with conceded that they didn't know whether the Chinese government could read their messages. "To me [the ban] is super inconvenient socially, but I think to many, many Americans who do business with Chinese in China, it would be a great interruption.
Pelosi won't rule out new impeachment to delay SCOTUS vote if Biden wins
Pelosi also pointed to upcoming Supreme Court arguments on the Affordable Care Act, set for Nov. 10, just after the election. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president's Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year." Should they recapture the Senate and White House, Democrats may add seats to the Supreme Court. In a statement following Ginsburg's death, Schumer repeated McConnell's remarks from 2016 after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice.
The Best Movies To Watch On Netflix In September 2020
Setting: Mid-20th century Ohio and West VirginiaNetflix descriptors: “Ominous” and “dark”Netflix/"The Devil All The Time" The opening shot of "The Devil All The Time" on Netflix. Netflix descriptors: “Provocative” and “investigative”Netflix/"The Social Dilemma" The opening scene of "The Social Dilemma" on Netflix. Runtime: 1 hour, 34 minutesBonus: Netflix put an extended clip of the movie on YouTube, which you can check out for another preview. Setting: A remote farmNetflix descriptors: “Cerebral” and “dark”Netflix The opening shot in "I'm Thinking of Ending Things." Setting: Los Angeles in the late 2000sNetflix descriptors: “Forceful,” “goofy” and “exciting”Sony Pictures/"Pineapple Express" The opening shot of "Pineapple Express."
Testing czar says cases are down, even as U.S. nears 200,000 Covid-19 deaths
“I want to be clear that testing every student every week is not necessary to bring children back to school,” Giroir said. It’s very important if a child gets sick, to test them, to contact trace around that and to perhaps to some baseline surveillance testing. We do have that kind of testing available.”The most important thing schools can do, Giroir added, is “reduce the community spread” by encouraging mask-wearing and physical distancing in schools, and relying on smart testing rather than testing every single student. "They responded to that call to practice the three Ws — wash your hands, watch your distance, wear your face coverings. “It’s an indication that there is a lot of virus left to go in this country,” Gottlieb said.
De Blasio’s development agenda was already faltering. Then Covid-19 struck.
But after six years pushing pro-development initiatives, de Blasio had been quietly receding from that agenda even before the coronavirus pandemic bulldozed projects across the city. Alicia Glen, former deputy mayor for housing and economic development, speaks. In an hourlong interview, the deputy mayor disputed that the administration’s housing agenda has been held back by anything other than Covid-19. Every agency under her purview underwent “an intense prioritization exercise” for de Blasio’s remaining 16 months in office, she said. The 30-unit housing facility delayed its plans when the city put off releasing a $1.2 million interest-free loan.
The Best Shows To Watch On Netflix In September 2020
Netflix descriptors: “Provocative” and “investigative”Netflix/'Challenger" The opening scene of "Challenger" on Netflix. Netflix had two other big releases this week with “Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous” and “Ratched,” but both earned bad reviews. Shows from earlier in the monthPremise: In this space drama, a team of astronauts goes on the first mission to Mars. The Wallander character comes from the mystery novels of Henning Mankell. Notable cast: Leanne Best, Ellise Chappell, Richard Dillane and Adam PålssonRuntime: Six episodes of roughly 50 minutesBonus: Here’s the trailer for the 2008 first season of the popular BBC One show “Wallander.”All the shows that have joined Netflix this month:Sept. 1“Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices” (Netflix Family)“Borgen” (Season 1-3)“The Boss Baby: Get That Baby!” (Netflix Family)“The Promised Neverland” (Season 1)“Sister, Sister” (Season 1-6)“True: Friendship Day” (Netflix Family)Sept. 2“Bad Boy Billionaires: India” (Netflix Documentary)“Chef’s Table: BBQ” (Netflix Documentary)Sept. 3“Young Wallander” (Netflix Original)Sept. 4
Opinion | The Surprising Conservatism of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
The fact that this exercise doesn’t fit neatly into political definitions of liberal and conservative is something Justice Ginsburg acutely understood. Justice Ginsburg defied this false dichotomy by routinely applying conservative analytic principles in the service of causes that might be considered politically liberal. For her, it was more about gender equality under the Equal Protection Clause. By contrast, equal protection is a uniquely American standard that was designed to stop states from discriminating against formerly enslaved Black people. Like Justice Scalia, who wrote the majority opinion, Justice Ginsburg was a reliable defender of First Amendment rights, writing numerous majority opinions.
Presidential polls: Close battles in Texas, Florida
The Texas poll showed an unexpectedly close Senate race, with Republican Sen. John Cornyn ahead of Democratic challenger Mary “MJ“ Hegar by a mere five points, 46 to 41. Also Sunday, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll showed Biden ahead of Trump nationally by a margin of 51 percent to 43 percent. In 12 battleground states — including Florida but not Texas — Biden’s lead was 51 to 45. The NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll was conducted Sept. 13-16 of 1,000 registered voters, and the overall margin of error is plus-minus 3.1 percentage points. Any possible political fallout from the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sept. 18 did not factor into these polls.
Opinion | How the G.O.P. Might Get to Yes on Replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Imagine a Republican senator uncertain whether to vote for the Supreme Court nominee that President Trump is poised to put forward. It would be Donald Trump’s third appointment following a presidential election in which Senate Republicans declined to vote on Barack Obama’s final nominee. In replacing Ginsburg he would be altering the balance of the court more decisively than with his previous picks, both of whom took seats from Republican appointees. The madness around Supreme Court battles has been building steadily since Robert Bork’s defeated nomination in 1987, and at some point it has to be defused. But our senator is a Republican senator, mindful of his own coalition’s views.
Instant Pot spaghetti delivers a saucy dose of nostalgia, with little hands-on effort
Yes, in an Instant Pot.] And then I realized that I was postponing the inevitable, and I started turning to my Instant Pot. NOTE: This was tested in a 6-quart Instant Pot. Step 2Pour the water into the Instant Pot. Remove the inner pot from the Instant Pot and allow the pasta to cool for about 5 minutes as the sauce thickens slightly.
Tropical Storm Beta to bring heavy rainfall to coastal Texas, Louisiana as it crawls ashore early this week
Wind and storm surge hazards are accompanying the system while Beta spins slowly toward landfall late Monday into Tuesday near Matagorda Bay, Tex., between Houston and Corpus Christi. Storm surge warnings are also in effect from Port Aransas to Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge, La., as the storm’s large wind field pushes water onshore. Tropical-storm-force winds of greater than 39 mph were occurring along the Louisiana coast Sunday morning and are expected to spread southwest along the Texas coast with time. In addition to heavy rainfall, a broad area of storm surge flooding is also likely along the immediate shoreline from coastal Louisiana to Texas. Meanwhile in the AtlanticBeta isn’t the only tropical storm in the Atlantic right now.
NFL live updates: Tom Brady looks to avoid 0-2 start; Aaron Rodgers hopes to keep rolling
In the first week of NFL games, officials called 181 penalties, the second-lowest number in the first week of the season since the NFL expanded to 32 teams in 2002, according to the NFL Network. There were 84 offensive penalties, with 647 offensive penalty yards, and those were the fewest since 2002. There were 97 defensive penalties, the third most since 2002 and the yardage for defensive penalties — 1,187 — was a record. Offensive holding penalties, in particular, declined from a year ago. There were 1.1 offensive holding penalties per game in Week 1 this season, down from 5.1 per game in Week 1 last season.
Moms and daughters remember Ruth Bader Ginsburg
There were many mothers and daughters at the Supreme Court on Saturday morning. Some came to lay flowers or signs. Others stood on the side of the road, looking up at the flag, now lowered to half-staff. Daughters as young as 5 understood who RBG was, and why she was important. They’d seen her face on a T-shirt, or heard about her in a bedtime story.
How Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy lives on in our fight for abortion rights
You see her in every woman who has fought for abortion rights. The ones who came before and after her. The ones who are not afraid to say, “I’ve had an abortion.” Who proudly say, “I love someone who has had an abortion.” Who knows that everyone — Black and White, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, atheist and religious, single and married, a parent and someone who is child-free, binary and non-binary, young and old, able-bodied and disabled — has the constitutional right to abortion care.
Opinion | Justice Ginsburg is gone, but democracy must survive
His letter to his colleagues, however, reveals he does not yet have the votes to abscond with another Supreme Court seat. They care nothing for intellectual consistency or for the credibility of the Supreme Court. They have been willing to acquit a president obviously guilty of impeachable offenses; they will not be shamed into denying a lame-duck president another Supreme Court justice. ADADIf need be, Democrats will expand the Supreme Court and change the lifetime tenure of justices. The impact of a single justice will be swallowed by an expanded Supreme Court; the impact of court fights will be reduced by abolishing lifetime Supreme Court tenures.
Lululemon to buy at-home fitness startup Mirror for $500 million
(CNN Business) As the appeal of at-home workouts has become more ubiquitous during the pandemic, Lululemon, the athletic apparel company, is going all in on the craze. The company said Monday that it has entered into an agreement to buy home exercise startup Mirror for $500 million. The startup sells an immersive mirror through which customers can participate in fitness classes and personal training sessions. In a statement, Lululemon CEO Calvin McDonald said the company looks forward to working with Mirror to "accelerate the growth of personalized in-home fitness." Personal training sessions run an additional $40 each.
Capitalism isn't working anymore. Here's how the pandemic could change it forever
The pandemic could change it forever, in favor of workers and those in greatest need. Here are three ways the pandemic might change capitalism forever:A new social safety netThe pandemic exposed the cracks in America's social safety net. In today's capitalism, money is, for the most part, considered more important than workers: If moving jobs elsewhere, or using robots saves dollars , it's done. Debt might be one of the most prominent characteristics of today's capitalism, said Christine Desan, professor of law at Harvard. In the post-pandemic world, policy makers will either have to accept living with enormous debt burdens or address a complete overall of the system in place.
More new stocks, please! Companies are rushing to IPO before the election
New York (CNN Business) With the presidential election looming and uncertainty growing about what will happen to the stock market and economy after that , private companies are racing to make their debuts on Wall Street. The sizzling initial public offerings of cloud companies Snowflake and JFrog this week, as well as Friday's debut of gaming tools developer Unity Software , illustrate the strong demand for new stocks. More companies are choosing to list on Wall Street through mergers with so-called blank check special purpose acquisition companies. "With a SPAC, a private company can go one-to-one to another company looking to take it public," Ratner said. Still, some worry that the big pops for newly public companies are reminiscent of the dot-com bubble of 20 years ago.
PepsiCo is launching a drink to get a piece of the $1 billion sleep aid industry
San Francisco (CNN Business) PepsiCo built a massive multinational business by putting pep in people's steps. The food and beverage company on Monday unveiled Driftwell, a new drink enhanced with ingredients to promote relaxation and to help ease stress. Driftwell contains L-theanine, an amino acid commonly found in tea leaves that has gained popularity in wellness circles as a supplement to help promote calmness, improve focus and aid in sleep. With Driftwell, which PepsiCo classifies as an "enhanced water," the company is taking aim at a $1 billion over-the-counter sleep aid industry and a relaxation aid market where people turn to outlets such as music, hot baths and meditation to soothe their nerves. It contains 200mg of L-theanine and 10mg of magnesium to help promote relaxation.
Yuengling beer will be available in more states as part of new partnership with Molson Coors
Molson Coors Beverage Company TAP D.G. Yuengling & Son andon Tuesday said they would create a joint venture to brew and sell Yuengling beer in the Western United States. The agreement gives Yuengling a path toward national expansion and creates an opportunity for a revenue boost for Molson Coors, as the maker of Coors Light and Blue Moon, navigates declining beer sales. While the joint venture will be responsible for the brand's production and sales in the Midwest and West, D.G. Meanwhile, Chicago-based Molson Coors has seven US breweries in states that include including Colorado, California and Wisconsin.
Taco Bell is now selling its own custom wine
New York (CNN Business) There's tons of cheese on Taco Bell's menu, so a wine to pair with it is a natural next step. Taco Bell is debuting its own custom wine, Jalapeño Noir, to pair with its Toasted Cheesy Chalupa. Taco Bell Canada is selling Jalapeño Noir wine for a limited time. Taco Bell Canada said in a release the duo is "irresistible," adding that "the rich taste and crunchy texture of the beloved Toasted Cheesy Chalupa complements notes of wild strawberry, cherry and beetroot in this silky limited-edition red wine." Fans can buy it on Taco Bell's Canada website or in some locations in Ontario.
Apple takes on Peloton with Fitness+ service
New York (CNN Business) Apple is moving more aggressively into fitness with its smartwatch at the center. On Tuesday, Apple announced a new subscription service called Fitness+ that's compatible with the metrics tracked by the Apple Watch. The fitness program features a variety of workout videos -- from yoga and dance to strength training -- that can be accessed from an iPad, iPhone or Apple TV. The fitness subscription is the latest offering in Apple's growing services business. It also comes as consumers increasingly turn to digital fitness services due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
SoulCycle competitor Flywheel files for bankruptcy
New York (CNN Business) Flywheel, a SoulCycle and Peloton competitor, has filed for bankruptcy as the pandemic continues to devastate the boutique fitness industry. Flywheel hasn't returned requests for comment, but some of its current and former instructors posted on social media that the company had gone under. Peloton sued Flywheel in September 2018, alleging the smaller company copied the technology used to create its in-home bikes and the leaderboard that lets customers race against each other. The decision made Flywheel's at-home bikes unusable, with Peloton offering its own bikes to Flywheel's customers. In summer 2019, Flywheel permanently closed about a dozen of its studios.
The economic recovery hangs in the balance as winter approaches
A version of this story first appeared in CNN Business' Before the Bell newsletter. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has warned that coronavirus cases are surging alarmingly in Europe. Outbreaks are also putting economists on high alert, with the chance for renewed harsh lockdowns in some regions just as the recovery is gaining strength. The UK government isn't ruling out another national lockdown, though the health secretary has said it would be "the last line of defense." Such measures would be the worst-case scenario for economies experiencing a historic expansion following a record contraction.
How RBG Made Old Age Look Cool
In an event at the 92nd St. Y in New York in 2014, she told Nina Totenberg that she kept a collection of “Notorious RBG” t-shirts and gave them out as gifts. “The Notorious RBG” foreshadowed an evolving approach to age in politics—a way of not just appreciating the wisdom that comes with experience, but of viewing age itself, and the staying power it conveys, as actually cool. When she ascended to the Supreme Court, Ginsburg was well aware of her public presence as the second woman ever on the Court, and of the symbolism inherent in her bearing. The Notorious RBG memes prefaced a cultural shift, particularly in politics, where age would come to be seen as not just the absence of an obstacle, but an asset. The Notorious RBG, after all, had been elevated to a kind of superhuman status, existing outside time, in a realm of rainbows and unicorns, wishful thinking and admiration.
Cruz: Ginsburg was ‘one of the finest Supreme Court litigators to have ever lived’
Sen. Ted Cruz praised former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Sunday morning, calling her a “trailblazing advocate [and] one of the finest Supreme Court litigators to have ever lived.”“She served for nearly three decades on the court, I argued nine times before Justice Ginsburg on the court,” the Texas Republican said to ‘This Week’ host George Stephanopoulos on ABC. “She was a brilliant justice, her questions were always incisive. She was a careful lawyer.”AdvertisementCruz, who clerked for then-Chief Justice William Rehnquist in 1996, pulled from that experience and detailed how he saw Rehnquist and Ginsburg work together.
POLITICO Playbook: Senate Republicans start to back McConnell and Trump plan
POLITICO Playbook: Senate Republicans start to back McConnell and Trump plan Presented byDRIVING THE DAYEven centrists like Sen. | Caroline Brehman-Pool/Getty ImagesSENATE REPUBLICANS started to line up behind President DONALD TRUMP and Senate Majority Leader MITCH MCCONNELL’S plan to put forward a Supreme Court nominee in short order and push forward with a vote. “Leader McConnell has said that he will hold a vote on any nominee President Trump sends to the Senate, and I intend to fulfill my role as a U.S. HAPPENING TODAY -- JOE BIDEN is giving a speech at 2 p.m. in Philadelphia that will be focused on the Supreme Court. “‘So Article 2 of our constitution says the president shall nominate justices of the Supreme Court,’ he said.
Pelosi: House has 'arrows in our quiver' to delay SCOTUS nomination
“We’ve taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. "As Sen. [Chuck] Schumer says, there’s a lot of things we can try to do," the Minnesota Democrat said. "You have the precedent of the only time a justice died this close to an election. “The lives, the livelihood and the life of our democracy are threatened by the administration. You can get out the vote and you can do so as soon as possible.”
Hackers appear to leak personal data of 1,000 Belarusian police officers ahead of mass rally
Anonymous hackers appeared to have leaked the personal data of more than 1,000 Belarusian police officers in retaliation for a growing crackdown against demonstrators, before thousands gathered in capital Minsk on Sunday to protest against strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko's rule. Separately, NEXTA released seven entries contained personal information, including addresses and phone numbers, belonging to members of the special anti-terror unit of the interior ministry. NBC News has seen the list, but was unable to verify whether the information contained in the document was accurate or whether the officers had detained protesters. NEXTA Live said the information came from anonymous hackers they called “cyber partisans.”The channel promised to continue publishing personal data of officers if protesters continued to be detained. The government said it would find and punish those responsible for leaking the personal data of officers.
Pelosi won't rule out new impeachment to delay SCOTUS vote if Biden wins
Pelosi also pointed to upcoming Supreme Court arguments on the Affordable Care Act, set for Nov. 10, just after the election. This weekend, Trump pledged to quickly fill the now-vacant Supreme Court seat and nominate a woman to it. Since the 1880s, no Senate has confirmed an opposite-party president's Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year." Should they recapture the Senate and White House, Democrats may add seats to the Supreme Court. "The American people should have a voice in the selection of their next Supreme Court Justice.
Democrats say 2016 should be the standard for high court nominees in election year
Key Democratic senators as well as the party’s 2016 nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, have demanded that the GOP-majority Senate delay considering Ginsburg’s replacement until after the presidential election is decided. “The way this happened so close to the election, that the next president should be able to make the decision. The people pick the president, and the president picks the justice,” Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said. He pointed to the 2016 position of Democrats — that the Obama’s 2016 nominee should have received a vote — to accuse Democrats of being the ones acting politically. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told Democratic Senators during a Saturday that “if Leader McConnell and Senate Republicans move forward with this, then nothing is off the table for next year.
Emmys 2020: 'Schitt's Creek' deserves its awards show swan song
After all, “Schitt’s Creek,” and some of its peers, aren’t “typical” comedies — they’re weird and over-the-top and full of niche pop culture references and inside jokes. But with “Schitt’s Creek,” we can dream. If “Schitt’s” loses out on most or all of its nominations, it’ll be a shame, but not a surprise. “Awards,” Moira answered. Here’s hoping all “Schitt’s Creek” fans feel the same way after the Emmys this weekend.
The Sunday Read: ‘The Agency’
Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via StitcherAccording to Ludmila Savchuk, a former employee, every day at the Internet Research Agency was essentially the same. From an office complex in the Primorsky District of St. Petersburg, employees logged on to the internet via a proxy service and set about flooding Russia’s popular social networking sites with opinions handed to them by their bosses. The shadowy organization, which according to one employee filled 40 rooms, industrialized the art of “trolling.”
Deadly airstrike in Afghanistan kills at least 10 civilians, 30 Taliban fighters despite ongoing peace talks
Peace talks, launched last week between the Taliban and the Afghan government in Doha, were hailed as a historic opportunity to end decades of war. The statement said more than 30 Taliban fighters were killed and “initial reports indicate no harm was inflicted upon civilians.” But, it added the ministry is aware of reports of civilian casualties. Abdul Ahad Torial Kakar, a member of the Kunduz provincial council said the first government strike Saturday targeted a gathering of Taliban fighters. The Kunduz governor’s spokesman, Esmatullah Moradi, gave a higher toll, with 17 civilians killed and 15 wounded. Moradi said the civilians killed in the second strike were attempting to retrieve the bodies of Taliban fighters killed.
With the Charlie Hebdo trial underway, does ‘Je suis Charlie’ still resonate in France?
As the world remembers, in the aftermath of the attack, “Je Suis Charlie” (“I am Charlie”) became a global rallying cry. ADFive years later, with a trial underway, there has been much discussion in France about whether that support still holds. And, in the meantime, Charlie Hebdo as an institution has undergone something of a transformation in the years after the attack. ADFrench Muslim rapper Abd al Malik also voiced his support for Charlie Hebdo. Boucq dismissed the notion that Charlie Hebdo expects fidelity and does not allow for dissent.
For insulin and other medications, rising costs aren’t slowing down
ADWith comprehensive drug price legislation stalled in Washington during the covid-19 emergency, seven states have enacted insulin payment caps of less than $100 per month. In March, President Trump’s health officials announced a Medicare test project limiting seniors’ monthly out-of-pocket costs to $35. Those measures have not solved the far more widespread pricing problem that voters, left and right, say Congress must fix. AD“The general public doesn’t realize this is happening with all sorts of drugs,” Costanzo said. Not taking insulin can quickly turn fatal.
Pathways to power: The conservative movement transforming America’s courts
Pathways to power: The conservative movement transforming America’s courtsConservatives are winning the battle for America’s courts, a triumph decades in the making. This is the story of the ideologues, activists and undisclosed donors who made it happen.
Live updates: Trump set to announce Supreme Court nominee before first presidential debate
Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Pence, on Sunday defended Trump’s decision to nominate a successor to Ginsburg but declined to say whether the president will push for a Senate confirmation vote before Election Day, saying only that Trump will make a nomination in the “near future.”“We’ll leave the timetable to Leader McConnell,” Short said on CNN’s “State of the Union,” referring to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). He noted that Election Day is 44 days away — roughly the same amount of time that it took the Senate to confirm Ginsburg in 1993. “I reject the notion that it’s hypocrisy,” Short said. “As I said, historical precedent is, when your party’s in power and the president nominates, consistently — going back to George Washington — the party has continued to confirm those nominees. So I don’t think there’s hypocrisy.”
World Series Fast Facts
Through 2018, the American League has won 66 World Series championships, and the National League has won 49. The New York Yankees have won the most World Series championships at 27, and the St. Louis Cardinals come in second with 11. Only one current franchise has never appeared in the World Series: the Seattle Mariners. 1905 - The World Series resumes after guidelines for the series are drawn up. October 24, 2017 - At the start of At the start of Game 1 of the World Series , the temperature is 103 degrees, the warmest on record in World Series history.
Barbara Walters Fast Facts
Photos: Photos: Walters' amazing career Barbara Walters' amazing career – After a journalism career spanning a half-century, Barbara Walters retired from TV journalism on May 16. Hide Caption 4 of 29Photos: Photos: Walters' amazing career Barbara Walters' amazing career – Walters knows celebs like no one else. Hide Caption 17 of 29Photos: Photos: Walters' amazing career Barbara Walters' amazing career – Her reporting has made Walters an international star. Hide Caption 18 of 29Photos: Photos: Walters' amazing career Barbara Walters' amazing career – Donald Trump, Don King and Walters on December 12, 1987. Hide Caption 22 of 29Photos: Photos: Walters' amazing career Barbara Walters' amazing career – Jim Hartz and Walters reported for NBC News during the 1976 New Hampshire Democratic Primary.
Judge temporarily blocks US WeChat ban
(CNN Business) A federal judge has temporarily blocked President Donald Trump's executive order banning WeChat downloads in the United States. In issuing the preliminary injunction, Judge Laurel Beeler wrote that the plaintiffs — a group of US-based WeChat users who stand to be affected by Trump's ban — had shown "serious questions" in their claim that the executive order threatens the users' First Amendment rights. "The plaintiffs' evidence reflects that WeChat is effectively the only means of communication for many in the community, not only because China bans other apps, but also because Chinese speakers with limited English proficiency have no options other than WeChat," Beeler wrote. Nor does the order escape First Amendment scrutiny under an easier standard known as intermediate scrutiny, the judge said, because the ban on WeChat does not provide enough evidence that it is narrowly tailored to resolve the US government's national security concerns with respect to the app. "And, as the plaintiffs point out," Beeler wrote, "there are obvious alternatives to a complete ban, such as barring WeChat from government devices, as Australia has done, or taking other steps to address data security."
Pelosi: No one has ‘any interest’ in government shutdown
With just weeks until government funding runs out, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reiterated Sunday morning that she has no interest in allowing the government to shut down — not even as a bargaining chip in slowing down President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination. “None of us has any interest in shutting down government,” Pelosi told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, after the “This Week” host questioned whether the ongoing government funding negotiations could be used as leverage in the race to fill the newly vacant spot on the Supreme Court. Advertisement“[A shutdown] has such a harmful and painful impact on so many people in our country, so I would hope that we could just proceed with that,” she said. “There is some enthusiasm, some exuberance on the left, as you said. But we’re not going to be shutting down the government.”
Judge hits pause on Trump administration's WeChat ban
Attorneys representing the U.S. WeChat Users Alliance said those apps are not available in China or harder for Chinese speakers to navigate. Beeler said the government did not provide enough evidence to prove that such a broad swipe at WeChat was necessary to address a national security threat. A big win for WeChat: The injunctive relief hits pause on a Trump administration directive that would have caused major disruptions to WeChat starting at 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Both companies have denied accusations they pose a national security threat. Attorneys representing the app's users told the court that the ban would prevent them from communicating with family members and friends, as well as accessing business and religious services.
Trump takes shot at Sen. Murkowski
President Donald Trump took a swipe Sunday morning at Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who is perceived as one of the GOP senators most likely to vote against Trump’s Supreme Court pick in the coming weeks. Trump picked up a tweet from the Alaska Chamber promoting an upcoming event with Murkowski and retweeted it with an emphatic “No thanks!”AdvertisementIn the day-and-a-half since the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, debate has shifted from her legacy to whether it is appropriate to confirm a replacement in the time before the Nov. 3 election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he intends to bring Trump’s nominee to a vote before the election.
Judge blocks Trump administration order to remove WeChat from app stores
WASHINGTON, Sept 20 - A U.S. judge early Sunday blocked the Commerce Department from requiring Apple and Alphabet's Google to remove Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat for downloads by late Sunday. On Friday, the Commerce Department had issued a order citing national security grounds to block the app from U.S. app stores owned by Tencent Holding's and the Justice Department had urged Beeler not to block the order. The U.S. Commerce Department did not immediately comment. WeChat has had an average of 19 million daily active users in the United States, analytics firms Apptopia said in early August. WeChat is an all-in-one mobile app that combines services similar to Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram and Venmo.
Opinion | This Is Why We Couldn’t Control the Pandemic
But as the world failed to dance the right way, it has been facing resurgences of the pandemic. Some states pursued aggressive actions to slow the pandemic while others took a hands-off approach. View by Active cases By populationNotes: Active cases reflect newly reported cases over the previous 14 days. Alaska applied a hammer when it had around 100 cases. And as long as states fail to control their borders, the coronavirus will come back.
Opinion | After Fire and Floods, Glimmers of Hope
Once again, disaster has yielded glimmers of hope, or at least evidence of common sense. A recent Times article by Christopher Flavelle, a Washington-based climate reporter, notes that Americans by substantial margins support much stronger building codes and even outright bans on new construction in flood- and fire-prone zones. Eighty-four percent of people surveyed supported mandatory building codes in risky areas, and well over half supported outright bans. Not surprisingly, the idea of flatly banning new homes outright in at-risk areas is anathema, even among climate-sensitive politicians. “There is something that is truly Californian about the wilderness and the wild and the pioneering spirit,” Mr. Newsom said.
Covid-19 Live Updates: As Cases Rise, U.K. Plans Tougher Fines for Rule Breakers
Desperate to avoid another nationwide lockdown, Britain moves to impose harsher fines for breaches of the rules. The government will impose fines of 1,000 pounds, about $1,300, against those who do not self-isolate after testing positive for the virus or who leave their home after being traced as a close contact of someone who has. The fines, which come into effect from Sept. 28, can increase to a maximum of £10,000 for repeat offenders or for the most serious breaches. “We’ve relied on people’s civic duty to do the right thing, but there is a minority of people who are not,” Matt Hancock, the British health secretary, told the BBC on Sunday. The government will also introduce a £500 payment for people on low incomes who are told to self-isolate, an incentive intended to cushion the blow of any financial loss and to encourage compliance.
Opinion | We Clerked for Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Nothing Stopped Her From Speaking Up.
Justice Ginsburg was the last justice on the court to have spent time before the bench as a legal advocate for equality. Today we take for granted her vision of gender equality. For Justice Ginsburg, equality did not mean special­ — she would say “pedestal” — treatment for women. Equality meant the same treatment for women and men. As an advocate, her litigation strategy zeroed in on that radical vision and realized it for all of us.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Live Updates: As Nation Mourns, Political Struggle Intensifies
The next justice “will be a woman,” Trump declares, as stage is set for titanic political fight. The effects the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could have on all three branches of the United States government — judicial, executive and legislative — came into sharper focus on Sunday as the battle over how her vacancy should be filled reverberated in the presidential campaign and the pitched battle for control of the Senate. Even as Americans continued to gather to pay tribute to her — with stirring eulogies often followed by strident calls to preserve her legacy — President Trump vowed to fill her vacant seat “without delay,” and said that he would choose a woman. “I will be putting forth the nominee next week; it will be a woman,” Mr. Trump told supporters at an outdoor rally at an airport in Fayetteville, N.C. “I actually like women much more than I like men.”Justice Ginsburg, who is expected to lie in repose at the Supreme Court for two days, said repeatedly before her death that her “most fervent wish” was that she not be replaced before a new president took office. Joseph R. Biden Jr., the Democratic presidential nominee, said that the winner of the election should choose her successor.
How to watch the weirdest Emmy Awards ever
Where can I watch the Emmy Awards online? The show will also be available on YouTube TV and Hulu Plus Live TV, which require subscriptions but have free trials. ADOn the other: “We’re going to be making up things as we go along,” executive producer Reginald Hudlin said at a news conference this week. “We’re going to try our best,” said executive producer Ian Stewart. “And the good thing about that is, we’ve got Jimmy Kimmel, who loves live TV and loves chaos on live TV.”Is there a red carpet?
US coronavirus death toll passes 200,000: How did we get here?
The first coronavirus-related death was on Feb. 29. By late May, there were 100,000 deaths due to COVID-19. That number has since doubled, surpassing 200,000. Reporting for Sunday TODAY, NBC’s Morgan Chesky looks back on how we got here and ahead to when a vaccine could be available.
Robert Gates Fast Facts
(CNN) Here's a look at the life of former CIA Director and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates. Plus, he is the only CIA director to rise from an entry level position to lead the agency. At the time, the 31 "nay" votes represented the strongest Senate opposition ever received by a CIA director nominee. November 12, 1991 - Gates is sworn in as the Gates is sworn in as the nation's 15th director of Central Intelligence. May 22, 2014-May 26, 2016 - Gates serves as the national president of the Boy Scouts of America.
News this week: Start your week smart
The 75th United Nations General Assembly continues this week with debates, round tables and addresses on climate change and other topics of global importance. On Monday, the UNGA will hold a high-level meeting on the theme of multilateralism (countries working together for a shared goal). Absentee ballots will start appearing in mailboxes in some states this week. Several activist groups have designated Friday as a day of global climate action. Across the world, people will be participating in strikes, school walkouts, acts of service and social media events to bring attention to dire climate change issues.
Anton Khudobin, Stars Fend off Lightning to Take 1-0 Lead in Stanley Cup Final
Matt Strasen/Associated PressGame 1 of the Stanley Cup Final belongs to the Dallas Stars. The Western Conference champions defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-1, on Saturday night as the series opened up inside the NHL bubble at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta. It's the first victory for the Stars in the Stanley Cup Final since Game 5 against the New Jersey Devils in 2000. Detroit's Bruce MacGregor was the last person to score their first career goal in the Cup Final during Game 4 in 1961. What's NextGame 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is scheduled for Monday, September 21 at 8:30 p.m.
Trump Ally Offered Assange Pardon To 'Resolve' Kremlin Link To Dem Hacks: Attorney
Rohrabacher and Johnson said Trump “was aware of and had approved” the meeting with Assange to offer what they described as “win-win” proposal, according to Robinson’s statement. “Rohrabacher explained that he wanted to resolve the ongoing speculation about Russian involvement in the Democratic National Committee leaks to WikiLeaks,” according to Robinson. The specific source of DNC emails “would be of interest, value and assistance to President Trump,” Robinson and Assange were told. In return for resolving the situation, the men offered “some form of pardon, assurance or agreement which would both benefit President Trump politically and prevent U.S. ... extradition” for Assange, Robinson added. But he told Yahoo News that he did offer Assange a pardon if he could prove Russia was not the source of the hacked emails.
Where are all the kindergartners? Pandemic creates rare gap year
Pandemic creates rare gap year While K-12 enrollment has gradually decreased in recent years, the latest kindergarten numbers are abnormally low. While most states don’t require kindergarten enrollment, the grade level is historically well attended. At Los Angeles Unified, the second largest district in the country, kindergarten enrollment has decreased by nearly 6,000 students. At Fresno Unified, the state’s third largest district, kindergarten and transitional kindergarten enrollment has dropped by 1,000 since last fall. In Sarasota County, kindergarten enrollment is down by more than 16 percent.
After a tumultuous month of news, Biden maintains national lead over Trump
According to the survey, Biden leads Trump, 51 percent to 43 percent, among registered voters — essentially unchanged from Biden’s 9-point lead last month, 50 percent to 41 percent. Six percent in the current poll say they’re undecided or supporting another candidate. These up-for-grabs voters have mostly negative views of both Trump and Biden, and their 2020 preference is divided among Trump (27 percent), Biden (20 percent), neither (27 percent) and not sure (24 percent). Improved numbers for both Trump and BidenThe NBC News/WSJ poll also shows slightly improved numbers for President Trump and Biden. Majority of voters plan to vote earlyFinally, a combined 52 percent of voters say they will vote early – either by mail, by early in-person voting or that they’ve already voted.
As Canada’s Parliament returns, Trudeau aims for reset on coronavirus, charity scandal
The throne speech usually provides a high-level overview of the government’s agenda. Among political strategists and the Canadian media, speculation has been rampant about a possible fall election, with the throne speech functioning as a campaign platform. In the throne speech, the NDP will want to hear new support for child care, universal prescription drug coverage and reforms to unemployment insurance. ADADA successful throne speech could help Trudeau change the channel on the WE Charity ethics controversy. Trudeau and Morneau apologized for failing to recuse themselves from cabinet discussions on the deal, but said nonpartisan public servants recommended the charity.
What to watch in NFL Week 2: Aaron Rodgers is rolling, plus Cam Newton vs. Russell Wilson
There were also fireworks, with 87 offensive touchdowns, the most in NFL history in Week 1 games. Teams averaged a combined 47.4 points per game, the fifth-highest total in Week 1 games. the NFC East division-leading Washington Football Team, which beat the Philadelphia Eagles last week, is worth checking out. They extended that streak behind Lamar Jackson, who had 275 passing yards, three touchdowns and a 152.1 passer rating last weekend. Good enough to beat out Rodgers for the NFC’s offensive player of the week honors.
Singapore — a poster child for globalism — is taking a nativist turn
Wealthy Singapore has a white-collar workforce of about 1.7 million — about 400,000 of whom are foreign visa holders. A perceived concentration of Indian nationals in well-paying tech and banking jobs has been especially controversial. Singapore's government and recruiters say the accord does not give Indian nationals special privileges. ADSome resentment also persists from a sense that some Indian nationals treat the country as a steppingstone. "Singapore is a motel of the global highway, a transit hub," said Xavier Augustin, a Hyderabad-based consultant who helps Indian professionals immigrate.
Wisconsin man shocked to discover a brain washed up on the beach
(CNN) A Wisconsin man strolling along the beach was stunned after discovering an animal brain wrapped in aluminum foil that had washed up on the shore. James Senda was hunting for sea glass Tuesday at Samuel Myers Park in Racine when he came across a brick-shaped package wrapped in aluminum foil with a pink rubber band. Suspecting the package contained money or drugs and overcome with curiosity, Senda unwrapped the package only to discover a brain -- along with pink flowers and foreign money. "When I first opened it, I think I was so shocked it didn't click what it was," Senda told CNN. Police said on Thursday the brain did not belong to a human, but medical examiners are unsure what animal it came from, CNN affiliate WDJT reported.
This Black-owned business is bringing health care to the barber chair
The barbershop also requires clients to answer a coronavirus questionnaire found on a health care kiosk. Nile Style makes sure that the client is armed with a list of health care providers who can determine if that person needs a coronavirus test. Live Chair and health careThe coronavirus surveys on the health care kiosk and the infrared temperature checks are just two parts of a much larger service provided to Nile Style Barbershop by Live Chair, a booking and appointment management platform that equips barbershops with health screening tools. He said that he and his team wanted to bridge racial disparities in health care. Perry says that Live Chair not only broke down a "wall of silence" within the barbershop but "shattered the myths of health care."
Wildfires, coronavirus and an earthquake collided for California's terrible week
(CNN) It was long, dizzying week to be a Californian. The Golden State has been trying to contain the surge of coronavirus cases that started in the summer while dozens of wildfires are burning and smoke is making it hard to breathe. Then, as if not enough crises had collided, Southern California was caught in the clutches of yet another hazard -- an earthquake. Here's more about what people in California faced last week:Wildfires pushed them to flee their homesParts of southern California were ordered to evacuate as the Bobcat Fire torched more than 91,000 acres. As more than 19,000 firefighters scrambled to contain multiple blazes in the state, they had to mourn one of their own , officials said.
How an Oregon Wildfire Became One of the Most Destructive
new video loaded: How an Oregon Wildfire Became One of the Most DestructiveBy Christoph Koettl, Caroline Kim, Drew Jordan and Arielle Ray • September 20, 2020How an Oregon Wildfire Became One of the Most DestructiveRecent episodes in Visual InvestigationsUsing evidence that’s hidden in plain sight, our investigative journalists present a definitive account of the news — from the Las Vegas massacre to a chemical attack in Syria. Using evidence that’s hidden in plain sight, our investigative journalists present a definitive account of the news — from the Las Vegas massacre to a chemical attack in Syria.
How California Became Ground Zero for Climate Disasters
California is one of America’s marvels. But now, those same feats have given California a new and unwelcome category of superlatives. This year is the state’s worst wildfire season on record. The same manufactured landscapes that have enabled California’s tremendous growth, building the state into a $3 trillion economy that is home to one in 10 Americans, have also left it more exposed to climate shocks, experts say. “Climate change is exposing the vulnerabilities in the systems that we’ve engineered.”
Ginsburg’s Death Further Polarizes Voters Just Weeks Before Election
When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, Marillene Allen, of Edina, Minn., worried that she would be mourning not just an admired jurist but democracy itself. “A vote for Trump is a vote for the whole package, and Trump threatens democracy itself,” she said. “There is always a tipping point, and it is very close.”But Kenneth Devers, 56, a retired contractor from Hardin, Mont., said President Trump and Republicans might as well try to appoint a new justice. The partisan divide, he said, is already so jagged that Mr. Trump and Republicans have nothing to lose and much to gain. “We might as well try to get a justice in there to give us a little more advantage.”
How One District Got Its Students Back Into Classrooms
It is hard to know how well Cajon Valley will weather the semester. Two out of three of its students are poor enough to receive free and reduced-price lunches. Parents and teachers said the district did a good job of responding to the pandemic when it first hit American shores. Principals frequently made goofy videos to send to students to try and show there could be lightness in a very heavy moment. But equally important, experts say, is the fact that Cajon Valley had laid the ground work for challenges the pandemic presented well before the coronavirus arrived.
Voting Alone
Spouses, parents and close friends — those with whom one enjoys “strong ties,” in the jargon — exert the most powerful pull on voters’ behavior. Ms. Sinclair pointed to a study based around the 2010 midterm elections that found most of a person’s Facebook friends had no impact on his voting behavior. Because your closest friends and family probably have similar politics as you, more casual acquaintances are likelier to upend your assumptions. If people’s strong ties polarize them further, their weak ties undo some of that. Sever weak ties, as the pandemic partially has, and what is left is something more distilled and severe.
Britain Scrambles to Avoid a Second Lockdown
Any number over 1 is a worrisome indication that the epidemic is growing. “We need to learn the lessons of the spring,” Susan Michie, the director of the Centre for Behaviour Change at University College London and a member of a government advisory group, said on Twitter. Scientists said the goal appeared to be to slow down, but not stop, transmission of the virus by restricting risky, non-essential activities, like eating at restaurants. Some government scientists, though, are pressing Mr. Johnson to go further by imposing something closer to a full national lockdown, including the closure of schools, for two weeks in October, news reports said. By implementing the closures around an October schools holiday, the scientists hope to limit the disruption of a school year that just opened in early September.
Shadow of Merrick Garland Hangs Over the Next Supreme Court Fight
But Mr. McConnell is determined to secure a conservative majority on the court regardless of his own treatment of Judge Garland and has dug in. As the chief judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit — sometimes called “the little Supreme Court” — Judge Garland had drawn praise from members of both parties. He would keep Judge Garland in reserve as a sort of “break glass in case of emergency” candidate. But by the time the emergency arose, with the death of Justice Scalia on Feb. 13, 2016, the political landscape had shifted. It would be three months before Mr. Trump secured the Republican nomination for president, but he seemed well on his way.
Wildfires, Droughts, Pandemics. Is this Our Future? How to Build a Safer World.
Why do diseases seem to be jumping from animals to humans at a faster pace in recent decades? When this happens globally, the effect is staggering: about 80 billion animals are slaughtered for meat every year around the world. We are now watching the effects of climate change on almost every part of the natural environment. Some of it is caused less by global climate change than by something more easily preventable: the overextraction of water from the ground. So too California can’t stop climate change or wildfires alone.
Lego CEO Niels Christiansen On Play During Covid-19 Pandemic
“It was not about trying to sell more,” says Lego CEO Niels Christiansen. (This interview with LEGO CEO Niels Christiansen has been condensed and edited for clarity.) That complexity is really, really high. So we are really, really world-leading in doing that. You have a goal of making Lego bricks from sustainably sourced material by 2030, instead of petroleum-based material.
Ginsburg's death gives GOP an edge in 2020 legal fights
He has been immersed in discussions about the judiciary recently as he released a list of possible Supreme Court nominees last week and after the liberal icon passed away Friday evening. At the request of the losing side, any or all of these cases could wind up at the Supreme Court for resolution. “This was already a very conservative court,” said University of Minnesota Law School Dean Dan Tokaji, an election law specialist. If the Supreme Court deadlocks on an emergency application, the lower court’s ruling stands. It does increase the attention and put the pressure on Chief Justice Roberts.
Democrats seek foothold in critical states for redistricting
And they have other promising 2020 targets that will impact redistricting: Democrats are just two seats away from capturing the Minnesota state Senate and securing complete control of state government. Texas Democrats have mimicked the national party’s successful 2018 strategy, recruiting several women of color and veterans who are capitalizing on suburban disgust of President Donald Trump. And that is hurting the entire Republican ticket," said Texas state House Democratic Caucus chair Chris Turner. "This is definitely the biggest battlefield for the state House that I can remember at least since my election, which was in 2008." A number of groups are spending to boost Democrats in Texas, including the NDRC and Democrats' national legislative campaign arm.
What Trump Is Missing About American History
But the research process for history is just that—a process—and it’s strikingly similar to that for medicine and other fields. As in medicine, we are frustrated by the research process only when we are in urgent need of a solution. Just as we prefer medicine that reflects current research, at this time we should prefer history that reflects current research. “Just as we prefer medicine that reflects current research, at this time we should prefer history that reflects current research.”If our history is constantly evolving as we develop new understandings of the past, does it mean all claims about the past have equal integrity—or validity? We have seen time and again how the “history wars” undermine our ability to understand history.
How Belarusian women became a strong presence in anti-Lukashenko protests
From the weekly protests, to the leaders organizing and calling for change, women have had a strong presence. The photo shows Antoniuk and other women shielding some men behind their backs while linking arms — they hoped the security forces would remain lenient towards women. Horrified by the violence, thousands of women, wearing all white, carrying flowers and linking arms in so-called “solidarity chains,” came out to defy the crackdown. Every Saturday since, there has been a peaceful women’s march, with thousands of women attending, condemning violence and urging Lukashenko to step down. And Veronika Tsepkalo, a female manager, was a woman of few words, but very targeted rhetoric.”Lukashenko’s patriarchal rhetoric about women has angered many women, Mirochnik added.
With no tours or live shows, musicians have found ways to bridge the gap online
Now, six months later, Quist, Trapp and other musicians, like so many in various industries, have found a way to make a living using online tools. For Quist and his band, that means learning streaming technology and holding private virtual concerts, rather than playing live shows on the road. Courtesy Michael HeinzWeeks after the pandemic, the Band of Heathens started doing private, live shows as a “pay to play” format via the streaming platform Zoom. Michael Heinz has been watching these live online concerts at his home in Stuttgart, Germany, since the Lifeline “tour” started. He predicts streaming concerts and classes will continue even after artists are able to tour again because they offer more personalized experiences.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, TikTok, Emmys: Your Weekend Briefing
Chris Rock on America’s summer of strife and his dramatic turn in the new season of “Fargo.” The possibility of life on Venus. Those are just a few of this week’s Best Weekend Reads. Our editors also suggest these 11 new books, the latest TV recommendations, and new music from Justin Bieber, Sam Smith and others. It’s the last weekend of summer. Your Weekend Briefing is published Sundays at 6 a.m. Eastern.
A New Ship’s Mission: Let the Deep Sea Be Seen
“It was like a fireworks display,” Mr. Dalio recalled. Mr. Dalio talked him into serving as vice chairman of OceanX, an undertaking of Dalio Philanthropies to explore the ocean. Then, in his early 20s, Mr. Dalio learned how to scuba dive and, ever since, has been going deeper. A turning point came in 2011 as he deepened his relationship with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Other search teams had failed, and Mr. Dalio saw the 2011 success as an indication of the field’s exploratory promise.
A Separate and Unequal System of College Admissions
WHO GETS IN AND WHYA Year Inside College AdmissionsBy Jeffrey SelingoUNACCEPTABLEPrivilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions ScandalBy Melissa Korn and Jennifer LevitzMoney talks and privilege walks. In the case of college admissions, it saunters through wrought-iron gates, past signs emblazoned with “Welcome Class of” and into seats at convocation. Timely and engaging, “Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions,” by Jeffrey Selingo, and “Unacceptable: Privilege, Deceit & the Making of the College Admissions Scandal,” by Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz, detail how college admissions is rigged in favor of the privileged and how it came to be gamed even further. They accomplish both objectives through early decision, the process where students apply to one college and commit to enroll if accepted. Many of the nation’s top-ranked colleges admit a third to half of their incoming classes that way.
Ahmaud Arbery's mother says fundraising efforts exploit her son's death
United States Patent and Trademark Office records show Akeem Baker, Arbery's childhood friend, and John C. Richards, Vaughn's brother, as the applicants. Cooper-Jones told CNN that she has no issue with Marcus Arbery Sr. being listed in the trademark. Cooper-Jones told CNN that the campaign was created after Baker asked her permission several times and she eventually gave her approval. A spokesperson for GoFundMe told CNN that beneficiaries could deactivate a campaign either by requesting the organizer do so or by contacting GoFundMe. Cooper-Jones told CNN she was unaware that the campaign was still active.
D.C.-area forecast: Staying sunny and cool before a warm-up midweek
Today (Sunday): A light jacket is advisable heading out this morning as we climb out of the 40s early on once again. Winds go light but stay from the north, with overnight lows ranging through the 40s. Winds stay light from the north with highs again in the mid- to upper 60s. With mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 70s, we’ve got a shot at a perfect 10. Tuesday night continues mostly clear and dry, but not as cold, with lows in the low to mid-50s.
These Confederate statues were removed. But where did they go?
After the death of George Floyd in late May, more than 130 Confederate statues and tributes to divisive historical figures have come down in a flurry of protests, acts of vandalism and government decrees. Crews attach straps to the statue Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart on Monument Avenue on July 7, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Steve Helber / AP fileThe legislation gives local governments more power in deciding whether to remove Confederate statues from public property. But since the killing of Floyd, a Black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police, almost 100 Confederate statues and symbols have been relocated or removed, while schools and other places have been renamed. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, announced in June that the prominent statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee would be taken down, along with four others depicting Confederate figures, from a two-mile stretch of Monument Avenue.
Puerto Rico sees more pain and little progress three years after Hurricane Maria
"As a community social worker, I can tell you that Puerto Rico's recovery, if it can be called that, didn't come thanks to the government. Buildings damaged by Hurricane Maria in Lares, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 6, 2017. A man walks pass by downed electricity poles in the Punta Santiago beachfront neighborhood in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on Dec. 8, 2017. Puerto Rico has received $16.7 billion, according to Puerto Rico's Office of Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience. Trump and members of his administration made it available to Puerto Rico two years later and 43 days before November's presidential elections.
This game of Dungeons & Dragons has been going on for 38 years
For the past 38 years, Wardhaugh has been playing the same game of Dungeons & Dragons in Canada. Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy tabletop role-playing game that usually involves lots of miniatures, lots of imaginary worlds, and lots of high adventure. Starting in 1982, that might make it the longest continuously running Dungeons & Dragons campaign, ever. When Wardhaugh first began playing Dungeons & Dragons in the early '80s, it wasn't the phenomenon it is today. JUST WATCHED The never-ending game of Dungeons & Dragons Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH The never-ending game of Dungeons & Dragons 02:50Wardhaugh has created his own set of rulesOver the past 38 years, many things have changed.
Emmys 2020: 'Schitt's Creek' deserves its awards show swan song
After all, “Schitt’s Creek,” and some of its peers listed above, aren’t “typical” comedies — they’re weird, and over-the-top, and full of niche pop culture references and inside jokes. But with “Schitt’s Creek,” we can dream. If “Schitt’s” loses out on most or all of its nominations, it’ll be a shame, but not a surprise. “Awards,” Moira answered. Here’s hoping all “Schitt’s Creek” fans feel the same way after the Emmys this weekend.
The U.S. military is terrified of climate change. It's done more damage than Iranian missiles.
The dangers include flooding, fires and storm damage to its military bases a la Tyndall, but also degrading the effectiveness of forces in the field. While hurricanes and fires may be inevitable natural phenomena, scientists have repeatedly found persuasive evidence that climate change has greatly increased the severity of extreme weather events. “Sometimes connecting climate change to a specific weather event is difficult,” CBS meteorologist Jeff Berardelli noted. While the Trump administration appoints climate deniers, kills environmental regulations and waters down reports on climate change, the Defense Department has discretely continued studying expected effects of climate change based on projections by climate experts — and the conclusions of those studies are nothing short of terrifying. The military can’t single-handedly stop climate change, of course.
Protesters challenge Thailand's monarchy as demonstrations escalate
BANGKOK — Openly challenging the monarchy of Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn, thousands of protesters marched in Bangkok on Sunday to present demands that include a call for reforms to curb his powers. Protesters have grown ever bolder during two months of demonstrations against Thailand's palace and military-dominated establishment, breaking a long-standing taboo on criticizing the monarchy - which is illegal under lese majeste laws. The Royal Palace was not immediately available for comment. Anti-government protesters wearing respirator masks and goggles march towards The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, on Sunday. That plaque, which had commemorated the end of absolute monarchy in 1932, was replaced by one with a pro-monarchist slogan.
Chaos, fear and doubt: Two weeks in, Detroit parents question tough choices about school
"They're not going to be able to keep them away from each other," she said a week before classes began. In addition to Riley, she has three others at home: Erron, a second grader; Elijah, an eighth grader; and Jaliyah, a high school freshman. She dressed the younger two in their yellow school uniform shirts, even though the school didn't require them. Passwords didn't work. She found a worksheet on rhyming words that Erron needed to complete but she couldn't figure out how to submit his answers.
'A crisis of humanity' as migrants take on treacherous journey from France to Britain
Hamid risked his life to make the perilous journey from France to Britain, a trip dozens of others make each day. As the number of people attempting the life-threatening crossings from France to England rose this summer, migrants say they feel scapegoated in a hostile national mood in post-Brexit Britain. UK Border Force officials escort migrants on the quayside of the marina in Dover, southeast England, after they were intercepted crossing from France last month. This site is protected by recaptchaIn recent weeks, the issue has again garnered headlines, after an uptick in the number of migrants making the short but treacherous crossing from France to Britain. "The vast majority of people are welcoming, compassionate and understanding," al-Rashid said of his new English life.
Rochester fatal shooting: At least 40 rounds were fired, police say
(CNN) At least 40 rounds were fired during a shooting that left two people dead and over a dozen others injured at a house party in upstate New York, authorities said. The party in Rochester started early Saturday as an invite-only event before it eventually grew in size after two nearby parties "infiltrated" the house. The two people killed and 14 wounded were in their late teens to early 20s. "A number of our young people -- babies -- that came to just hang out a little while ... left running for their lives. And that's just something that we cannot have happen," Mayor Lovely Warren said during a visit to the neighborhood Saturday.
As coronavirus skyrocketed in the US, so did stress and depression
(CNN) As the Covid-19 pandemic got worse in the United States, so, too, did levels of stress and depression, according to a new report. And as the pandemic goes on, many people are experiencing more stress and depression, researchers reported in the journal Science Advances Friday. The biggest risk for symptoms of depression was having had a mental health diagnosis before the pandemic, they found. Stress and depression symptoms were also associated more with personal exposure than public spread, suggesting "concerns about contracting the disease outweighed concerns about pandemic-related disruptions in daily life," researchers said. Out of 376 athletes tested between September 7 and September 14, 45 tested positive.
A happy ending after homeless woman's story featured on TV
(CNN) Tucked away from Skid Row's main thoroughfare, Q sweeps the sidewalk outside her makeshift tent before her best friend and "angel" arrives with some food. Colorful flowers, potted plants and a "Home Sweet Home" sign adorn the entrance to Q's home. Q, who is transgender and HIV positive, says in the episode that she felt vulnerable living in the main part of Skid Row. "This zone is, to me, much more nicer," Q says. "It is a lot safer for me."
Supreme Court Hypocrite Lindsey Graham Blistered By Own Words In Lincoln Project Ad
The Republican Lincoln Project launched Sen. Lindsey Graham’s own words against him in a scathing new “Lindsey Must Go” ad Saturday. It attacks his hypocrisy in his push to quickly choose a new Supreme Court justice to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The South Carolina Republican and the other GOP senators blocked the confirmation of Merrick Garland, Barack Obama’s nomination for the Supreme Court, in February 2016, Obama’s final year. Graham swore he would do the same for a Republican president. If he ever contradicted that vow, “I want you to use my words against me,” Graham challenged the media and the public.
Every Single Person Has a Right to Housing
When geographer Leslie Kern first moves to Toronto’s Junction neighborhood, its public spaces are overwhelmingly geared toward male and working-class customers. This “modern housing” varied from city to city, but all boasted basic standards for planning, construction, and administration. In Bauer’s mind, modern housing should be considered part of a “national minima,” along with sanitation, clean air and water, education, health care, and social insurance. Instead, she spends the majority of Modern Housing demonstrating that housing crises aren’t an accidental market misfortune — a problem of temporarily limited supply, brought on by the market, that could be fixed by rezoning or by building more houses or more efficient housing units — but a normal outcome of capitalism. Even during periods of sustained prosperity, real estate speculation has always threatened cities, Bauer writes, citing a seventeenth-century account of property developers.
Celtics Still Playing with Fire, but Whirlwind 48 Hours Ends in Their Favor
Mark J. Terrill/Associated PressThe Boston Celtics finally got back to looking like themselves on Saturday night—and then nearly blew it again. The Celtics executed their defensive coverages, they made shots, Hayward looked better than expected and they came away with a 117-106 win to cut Miami's series lead to 2-1. The Celtics played with fire again, but this time, they escaped getting burned and they have a lot to build on. Most crucially, Marcus Smart was able to neutralize Heat guard Goran Dragic, who has been playing the best basketball of his career throughout the playoffs. If Saturday didn't answer every single question about the Celtics' prospects of winning this series, it at least showed that those prospects exist.
European mayors want Brussels’ help against Airbnb
Press play to listen to this article Voiced by Amazon PollyEurope's cities want to wrest back control from Airbnb — and they want Brussels to help them. They also want the platform to help them crack down on illegal rentals, adding that the lack of data sharing makes it harder for them to tax the short-term rental market. In December last year, the Court of Justice of the European Union classified Airbnb as an online platform and not a real estate company. But Brussels will publish new proposals later this year, named the Digital Services Act, which will also regulate so-called sharing economy platforms like Airbnb and BlaBlaCar. Sharing economy, but not dataOne of the main bones of contention is data sharing with local authorities.
Ex-UK cyber chief warns of Chinese data grab
The firm has sought to allay concerns about data transfers to China by announcing the construction of a data center in Ireland. And while a task force of European data regulators is examining the company’s practices for privacy risks, it faces no imminent clampdown on security grounds. “That’s not to say it’s not a serious risk — it’s a risk to well-being and wealth,” he said. This article is part of POLITICO Pro’s premium coverage of Cybersecurity and Data Protection. From the emerging threats of a volatile digital world to the legislation being shaped to protect business and citizens, across sectors.
Buying from Babiš: The politics of Czech grocery shopping
This new rule would require every major supermarket to sell a certain quota of Czech food. Many of the food products that come from Agrofert companies are also sold in Slovakia, Hungary and Germany. They stress that the new rules would force them to sell Czech food even if it's not competitive in price and quality. “Czech retailers would welcome more Czech food, as customers demand it and are often willing to pay a higher price for Czech food. “Proposals to introduce quotas for Czech food are not only illegal but also make no sense when the Czech Republic is self-sufficient only in beer, milk and beef."
Trump says he will move ‘without delay’ to fill Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat
Lagoa, who served briefly on the Florida Supreme Court, had the easiest confirmation, where a majority of Democratic senators supported her in an 80-to-15 vote. ADGraham backtracked on his 2018 pledge to allow any vacancy that occurs in a presidential election year to go unfilled. The pitched political battle over Ginsburg’s replacement raged even as tributes to the pathbreaking justice — just the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court — continued. Crowds have gathered in front of the Supreme Court since her death was announced by the court Friday night. The Supreme Court said only that “a private interment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.”But current and former members of the court released their own tributes.
Salvation Army starts holiday fundraising early to 'Rescue Christmas'
(CNN) The Salvation Army is getting an early start on its holiday fundraising campaign due to the unprecedented demands of the coronavirus pandemic. "It would be no exaggeration to say that since the pandemic began in mid-March, the Salvation Army has seen a tsunami of human need," said Kenneth Hodder, Salvation Army's National Commander. Since March, Salvation Army USA has provided more than 100 million meals, 1.5 million nights of safe shelter, plus emotional and spiritual support to over 800,000 people across the US. They expect those numbers to grow, bracing for a 155% increase in the need for their services heading into the holiday season. Those services include putting food on the table, paying bills, providing shelter, and even helping place gifts under the tree.
Rebel MPs warn Italy’s plan to slash seats will harm voters abroad
In 2016, former Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tried unsuccessfully to abolish the foreign districts as part of sweeping reforms. They've raised their head above the parapet this time because they fear the already sparse representation of the foreign districts would be further diluted as a result of the new measure, they say. In total, there would be just 12 MPs to represent nearly 6 million Italian voters living abroad. The proposed changes are "playing with the future of democracy," said Alessandro Fusacchia of the leftist More Europe party. Six deputies representing foreign districts are in the bottom 5 percent for participation in votes.
Sanders Statement on Passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
BURLINGTON, VERMONT - Sen. Bernie Sanders issued the following statement on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg:"The passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a tremendous loss to our country. She was an extraordinary champion of justice and equal rights, and will be remembered as one of the great justices in modern American history. ‘I would not vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee,’ she said. ‘We are 50 some days away from an election.’ In addition, several of McConnell’s other colleagues have previously stated they’re against confirming a new justice this close to an election. The Republicans in the Senate know it, and many of them have stated it clearer than I could.
Massive 'Climate Clock' Urging Governments to #ActInTime Unveiled on Metronome in New York City
"The clock is telling us we must reduce our emissions as much as we can as fast as we can." —Andrew Boyd, project co-founder"The clock is a way to speak science to power," project co-founder Andrew Boyd said in a statement. "The clock is telling us we must reduce our emissions as much as we can as fast as we can. This clock is not an alarm clock saying, in seven years it will ring and we need to wake up! LIVE: #ClimateClock about to go live at Union square replacing the atronomical clock, with a carbon countdown!
EPA Scraps Protections for Children From Pesticide Linked to Birth Defects, Cancer
WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency reapproved the pesticide atrazine today, an endocrine-disrupting herbicide banned across much of the world that castrates frogs and is linked to birth defects and cancer in people. “Use of this extremely dangerous pesticide should be banned, not expanded,” said Nathan Donley, a senior scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity. In allowing the continued use of atrazine, the EPA discarded safety precautions mandated under the Food Quality Protection Act that protect young children from pesticide exposures. Had the correct standards been used, atrazine uses on lawns and turf would likely have been cancelled due to unacceptable harms to children. “This decision imperils the health of our children and the safety of drinking water supplies across much of the nation,” said Donley.
Groups Plan Vigil Outside Supreme Court and National Solidarity Events to Honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg
National advocacy groups joined together Saturday to organize a candlelight vigil outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.—and encourage solidarity events across the country—to honor the legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday after a long battle with cancer at the age of 87. Now it's our turn," says a Facebook event for the D.C. gathering, hosted by Women's March, Planned Parenthood Action, Demand Justice, and UltraViolet. "Tonight, join us in front of the U.S. Supreme Court at 8 pm ET" or "in solidarity at your local courthouse." Tonight, we will gather with @womensmarch, @wedemandjustice, and so many all across the country and honor #RBG’s legacy. If GOP rams Trump pick thru anyway, add seats to the Court This is the play.
Trump EPA Denounced for 'Disgusting' Decision on Atrazine, Herbicide Tied to Birth Defects
"No one will be left untouched by the bad decision the EPA just made." The reapproval also weakens environmental safeguards put in place in 2006 to protect aquatic life from harmful atrazine exposure, a move that will increase the amount of atrazine allowed in waterways across the United States. "Rather than heed the huge body of independent science demonstrating these harms, and banning this toxic pesticide, the Trump EPA apparently allowed atrazine manufacturers to call the shots." "Rather than heed the huge body of independent science demonstrating these harms, and banning this toxic pesticide," said Freese, "the Trump EPA apparently allowed atrazine manufacturers to call the shots." Rather than meeting that obligation, EPA has allowed atrazine use to continue by relying on weak mitigation measures and voluntary industry programs."
Campaign Legal Center Remembers Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Fighter for Equality
WASHINGTON - Paul Smith, vice president, litigation and strategy at Campaign Legal Center (CLC), released the following statement:“We are saddened by the loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an inspirational figure who rose to the top of the legal profession with strong convictions and unwavering determination. Ginsburg’s enduring legacy is that she was a trailblazer who stood up for equality in all its forms. She upheld our democracy and its ideals, repeatedly standing with voters seeking to exercise their rights and litigants seeking to remove discriminatory barriers standing in their way. I’ll never forget how she helped with a softball question when she thought I needed to be rescued from cross-examination by her good friend, but ideological opposite, Justice Antonin Scalia. Her friendship with Scalia said a lot about her character and about relationships in the legal profession more generally: you don’t always have to agree to get along.”###
Next Generation Air Dominance combat aircraft
This is a concept drawing only; the actual aircraft is likely to stay under wraps for a long time. Via Air Force Magazine, Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper has revealed that the Air Force has built and flown an actual working test prototype of the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) combat aircraft. Roper declined to comment on how many prototype aircraft have been flown or which defense contractors manufactured them. Where and how this aircraft will fit into the Air Force vision going forward is still a work in progress. the opportunity cost).” Roper told the press roundtable that the acquisition strategy for NGAD is finished, but has not been approved by senior Air Force or Pentagon leaders.
Another damning indictment of our antiquated, anti-democratic electoral process
Let me preface this post by clearly stating that I remain cautiously optimistic about the outcome of the election. As Kos himself as noted, there are multiple paths where we could wind up with a 269-269 electoral college tie. A candidate is required to receive an absolute majority of state delegation votes (currently 26 votes) in order for that candidate to become the president-elect. Additionally, the 12th Amendment states that a "majority of the whole number" of senators (currently 51 of 100) is necessary for election. More than anything else, like the remarkably undemocratic U.S. Senate, it speaks again to just how fundamentally antiquated and anti-democratic our electoral process and procedures are for the 21st century.
I cannot afford to despair. I must fight "for a future age" and "for the things that I care about".
I expect my best self to emerge at some point - maybe today - maybe even right at this very moment. We recorded the show you’re about to hear Thursday night, a different time that was already awful enough. I don’t know what this fight looks like yet, but I know it’s a fight and nothing is a foregone conclusion until the moment we accept that it is. If you’re upset, if you’re mad, if you’re scared, if you don’t know how much more unfairness you can take, join the club. — Ruth Bader Ginsburg"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you."
Received My Absentee Ballot Today---GRRR
Below is the body of the email I received today regarding my absentee ballot. Modern times, ballot by email woo woo. The ballot is encrypted and must be opened with a password. As previously indicated on your absentee application, your electronic ballot for the upcoming election is now available for download. Instructions to Access your Ballot:The absentee ballot will open as a PDF document and contains several pages including:The ballot page(s) with instructionsA voter declaration/affirmationMailing instructionsAn envelope templatePlease read the all the pages carefullyIf the absentee ballot is a special write-in ballot, you will need a list of candidates and the district information from the table below.
What Trump Said in 2016
Not sure if this is widely circulated. What Trump said in 2016 is at least as important as what Senators said. Taken from the ballotpedia site:Statements on U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Merrick GarlandDuring an interview on CNN on March 16, 2016, Donald Trump discussed the process for choosing the next United States Supreme Court justice. He said, "I think the next president should make the pick, and I think they shouldn’t go forward, and I believe I’m pretty much in line with what the Republicans are saying. "[7]Cite:
The Supreme Court and the coming election, in one graphic
For anyone who is even remotely considering voting third party or sitting this one out because Joe Biden and Kamala Harris aren’t progressively pure enough, hopefully the title graphic is instructive. In this coming election, the Republicans are pulling out the stops to stay in power. One of the tactics is to target progressives with disaffection about the insufficiently progressive purity of our Democratic Party nominees, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. A key outcome of the pending election will be whether we can avoid as much as a 7-2 right wing majority on the court, with all that would entail. As President, Joe will restore the rule of law, environmental and climate protection, and LGBT and other human rights that have been under assault.
Trauma and love
We need to feel some trauma ourselves so that we can have empathy for others. Trauma affects our relationship to the whole world. Instead of only acting out our trauma with the situation which inflicted it, we want to get back at the world. In the same way we can generalize feelings of love. I think this involves an altered state of consciousness, to feel pain and respond with love.
In Victory -- VENGEANCE -- Treat Trump & Senate Republicans like they Treated Bill & Hillary
Trump, his family, and his enablers in the House and Senate and the bureaucracy do not deserve kindness; they deserve to be prosecuted, convicted, and jailed. Let this be done to get everything set right, to serve justice throughout our land, not to serve the egos of Democratic prosecutors. Let Democrats impose retribution against Republicans in the House and Senate and on the Bench with even greater fervor than what Gingrich et alia imposed against Democrats in the 1990’s. Specifically, McConnell and Elaine Chao should be prosecuted and jailed for all the kickbacks receive